E-mail server software developer Sendmail Inc. is branching off into groupware with the addition of its new Calendar Server, the company will announce Monday.
The new product, targeted at enterprises and service providers, provides personal calendars and group schedules that users can access and manage from both Web and wireless clients.
Sendmail, which has targeted customers looking for a scaled-down, more cost-effective e-mail system, is now adding on more function for customers looking to expand beyond e-mail. Calendar Server is Sendmails first move towards becoming a provider of broader collaboration and groupware software.
Company officials said calendaring and scheduling were the most widely used collaborative applications after e-mail. They declined to comment the specifics of future new product directions.
The Calendar Server supports wireless access to appointments, tasks and contacts via WAP and i-mode protocols and can synchronize appointments, tasks and contacts with Microsoft Corp. Outlook clients.
It also allows users to view other users schedules to resolve date conflicts, updating information automatically to maintain appointments.
Sendmail Calendar Server is available immediately as part of the companys Integrated Mail Suite. Pricing with a baseline of $2 per user per 1 million users, higher for less users, lower for more users.