July 10, 2008 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Web host 1&1 Internet Inc. (http://www.1and1.com) and Open-Xchange (http://www.open-xchange.com/) have partnered to offer 1&1 MailXchange, a “feature-rich email and collaboration service”, it was announced yesterday. 1&1 Internet, which bills itself as “the world's largest web host by known servers”, suggested this hosted alternative to Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint with be available without server management or licensing requirements. The service is also available to Windows Mobile smartphone users.
“MailXchange delivers valuable functionality for small businesses and individuals, facilitating effective teamwork and enabling document sharing anywhere, anytime, with any device,” explained 1&1 Internet Inc. CEO, Oliver Mauss. “As a leader in innovative technology, 1&1 will continue to call upon proven Open Source technologies which enable our customers to benefit from greatly reduced licensing costs.”
Open-Xchange can be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook and allows users working in teams to manage email, calendars, contact and tasks in a “centralized document management system”. Entirely web-based, MailXchange is available through any Internet capable computer, anywhere in the world. The solution is especially useful for companies with multiple locations or with roving employees, as it utilizes ‘push technology’ that automatically pushes emails, appointments and tasks directly a user’s account without requiring manual synchronization.
"We're seeing the dawn of a new era with hosted software made widely available to everyone when that was previously reserved only for installations at enterprises," added Open-Xchange CEO, Rafael Laguna. "1&1's customers will benefit from access to our collaboration software that streamlines communications and can improve users' productivity."
Users can manage up to five separate email accounts within MailXchange. MailXchange incorporates dependability features such as document version management and integrated anti-spam protection. The product includes the domain of the customer’s choice, 5 GB of email account storage and 2 GB of document storage per user.