Open-Xchange releases preview of next groupware server for Web 2.0 era

Open-Xchange has released a preview version of its next generation open source collaboration server designed for the Web 2.0 era.

Open-Xchange has released a preview version of its next generation open source collaboration server designed for the Web 2.0 era.

Open-Xchange Server Edition, which will succeed Open-Xchange 6 and Open-Xchange Express Edition, features an Ajax-based, customizable user interface for managing emails, contacts, task and document sharing, new mashup capabilites provided by Netvibes Universal  Widget API and support for OSGi, which will ease the addition and removal of third party applications, the Tarrytown, NY company plans to announce July 1.

Aside from the Ajax support, the new UI also offers a plug-in architecture to ease integration of instant messaging tools, as well as support for text messages and faxes. 

The architecture is modular and allows for Open-Xchange to snap into existing mail servers without migrating all the e-mail data.

The mashup feature enables easy integration of web applications such as RSS feeds, podcasts, video channels, Salesforce.com and SAP Business One, thus allowing users to have one central information center.

The OSGi framework allows for snap in of third party applications such as virus and spam protectio with zero downtime, the company also said.

 The new server edition also offer support for the latest enterprise Linux distributions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and  SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux 10. 

The software is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2008.  According to the company, Open-Xchange is installed at more then 3500 companies and sites worldwide and is hosted by many service providers including Network Solutions in the U.S.

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