HP OpenMail Getting A Facelift

Samsung SDS will turn Hewlett-Packard's OpenMail e-mail platform into a unified messaging platform by building messaging solutions on top of it.

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Samsung SDS Co. Ltd. later today will announce a licensing agreement that will allow Samsung SDS to build messaging solutions on top of HPs OpenMail e-mail platform.

The agreement, which will be discussed at a press conference at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, will allow Samsung SDS to eventually turn OpenMail into a unified messaging platform.

HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., discontinued future development of OpenMail after the 7.0 release last March. One of the reasons cited was that the 12-year-old e-mail server software could no longer meet the messaging needs of today, including unified messaging.

But Samsung SDS said it will deliver a messaging solution built on OpenMail called Samsung Contact. The first version will ship in the first half of next year. A future version, expected to be available later next year will add unified messaging capabilities, including telephone access to e-mail.

Samsung officials said they intend to make Samsung Contact the leading unified messaging product on the market.

The two companies today also announced a reseller agreement that calls for HP to co-market and sell Samsung SDS Acube Enterprise Knowledge portal and FormXpress workflow products. Samsung SDS also announced plans to use HPs Netaction middleware suite to develop applications.

Samsung SDS, of Seoul, South Korea, also plans to release two new e-mail clients in the first half of next year, one Windows-based, one Web-based. Previously known as Gemini, the new e-mail clients will be compatible with the new SDS messaging server or other e-mail servers and will include calendar and personal task management function, officials said.