Kerio wants to connect

According to developer Kerio Technologies, its small business MailServer product does a lot more than just email. It’s also big on collaboration, connecting together colleagues and business partners to share information and develop new ideas, whether in the office, on the road or at home.

According to developer Kerio Technologies, its small business MailServer product does a lot more than just email. It’s also big on collaboration, connecting together colleagues and business partners to share information and develop new ideas, whether in the office, on the road or at home. So, with the latest release there’s a new name — Kerio Connect — to better reflect what it’s all about.

Of course, the software doesn’t just get a new name, with the usual bug-fixes and performance enhancements included in Kerio Connect 7.0, together with improved support for over the air synchronisation of mobile devices.

Contact list synchronisation using the open CardDAV protocol is another new feature, while management gets an overall with full web-based administration as well as a conventional Windows based console.

The new release also sees the company looking beyond small single server customers to larger, distributed organisations – prompted, perhaps, by the increasing popularity of hosted alternatives in its traditional SME market. To this end the new product allows a single domain to be spread across multiple, geographically dispersed, member servers, commonplace in larger companies. That way it can offer the benefits of delegated management as well as connecting users in different offices and enabling them to collaborate and share information as if attached to the same server.

Available now, Kerio Connect 7.0 can be hosted on Windows, Linux or Apple Mac systems and can also be had as a ready to run VMware or Parallels virtual appliance. Trial versions are available and we’ll be evaluating it on ZDNet soon, as part of a forthcoming group test of Exchange Server alternatives.

Alan Stevens

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