Community Preview of Scalix 11 Makes Its Debut

The next version of the Linux e-mail, calendaring and messaging platform will allow deep integration with legacy environments.

Scalix has released a community preview of Scalix 11, the next version of its Linux e-mail, calendaring and messaging platform, which is due to ship in November.

This latest version will bring further ease of administration and allow deep integration with legacy environments, CEO Glenn Winokur said Aug. 14, adding that new features include a Web services platform and mobile client, enhanced management capabilities, and ongoing improvements to the Web client and Outlook support.

The community preview of Scalix 11 can be downloaded here.

"Scalix 11 has been designed to addresses the unique Linux e-mail needs of both IT professionals, who get Outlook level functionality without Exchange costs or Microsoft license lock-in, and end users, who will see Outlook functionality with advanced collaboration and improved Web and mobile access," Winokur said, in San Mateo, Calif.

Scalix 11 also forms the foundation of the companys recently announced open-source strategy to support integration with other companies and projects, he said.

/zimages/1/28571.gifScalix says it plans to contribute parts of the source code for its messaging infrastructure platform to the open-source community. Click here to read more.

On the competitive front, Winokur said Scalix 11, as a Linux solution, enables vendor choice, better administration and broader client selection while maintaining "the best Outlook support in the market today."

Scalix 11 features its own migration tool, which lets customers migrate data from Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003, as well as from other legacy systems, while an improved administration console provides a single point of management for remote servers, and management plug-ins allow custom scripts and extensions to be written for administrators, he said.

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The Web access client brings a new server-side search capability, with a simple Google-style user interface that lets users find information across mailboxes, including full-text body and attachment search. Full folder sharing for all data types, including e-mail, calendar and contacts, has been added for delegated access, he said.

Scalix 11 also provides certified support for plug-ins for Google Desktop, MSN Search, McAfee VirusScan, Symantec Norton Utilities and Captaris RightFax Outlook Extension, Winokur said.

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