Notebook Users Get Easier E-Mail Access
Phoenix's FirstWare Assistant now enables mobile PC users to access their e-mail without having to boot up the operating system.Phoenix Technologies Inc. is expanding the capabilities in its FirstWare Assistant software that will enable mobile PC users to access their e-mail without having to boot up the operating system. The enhancement, announced Thursday at the CeBIT trade show in Germany, will enable users who normally carry a personal digital assistant to check their e-mail and calendars to do those jobs via their notebooks. Rather than carrying both devices, they only need their notebooks, said Michael Goldgof, vice president of marketing for Phoenix, in Milpitas, Calif. In August 2003, Phoenix enabled users to access their PIM (personal information manager) data out of Microsoft Corp.s Outlook application through the FirstWare Assistant without having to boot up the operating system. Now users with FirstWare Assistant-enabled devices can do the same with e-mail.
When a user turns on the notebook, he or she can click on a button before the operating system boots up and access e-mail in a read-only environment, Goldgof said. Future versions of the software will enable two-way functionality for e-mail, allowing users to write or edit messages.
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