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Microsoft and Xandros Expand Collaboration

  • 16 August, 2007 13:17

<p></p><div style="text-align: center; font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Xandros licenses protocols to enable Scalix
e-mail servers to better interoperate with Microsoft and others.</span><br/>
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August 15, 2007<br/>
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NEW YORK, New York and REDMOND, Wash. —Today, Microsoft Corp. and Linux
platform provider Xandros announced a messaging protocol license and
collaboration agreement that will enhance the interoperability of
Scalix email servers with various mobile and personal computer-based
email applications that utilize Microsoft® email protocols. This
agreement expands on the ongoing Microsoft-Xandros collaboration.<br/>
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Both companies' commitment to protocol licensing and technical
cooperation will help to provide more email choices and value. By
continuing their focus on mixed-source solutions, Xandros and Microsoft
are demonstrating how protocol-level collaboration can benefit
customers who rely on a mix of Windows®-based and Linux systems.<br/>
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By licensing the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol and the
Outlook® Exchange Transport Protocol, Scalix Mail Servers can now
synchronize data over wireless networks with Microsoft Exchange Server
as well as various email clients that use these and other Microsoft
protocols.<br/>
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“The expansion of our agreement with Xandros is a strong example of how
collaboration through intellectual property licensing can foster
innovation that benefits the overall IT ecosystem,” said Horacio
Gutierrez, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing at
Microsoft.<br/>
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“Today's enterprise users 'on the go' employ a plethora of mobile
messaging devices to access a mix of Linux and Windows-based messaging
systems,” said Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros. “With the ubiquity of
Windows Mobile® -based Smartphones, this agreement will enable us to
provide the same range of Scalix connectivity choices for users of
desktop, laptop, and handheld devices that they currently enjoy with
Microsoft Exchange. With this new Scalix interoperability, Microsoft
and Xandros enable companies to freely implement a broad range of
proprietary and open systems and devices.”<br/>
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The agreement is focused on two areas of protocol licensing:<br/>
<ul>
<li>Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Xandros will be given the
specification and documentation license necessary to develop a
server-side implementation of the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Such
implementation would provide organizations with the ability to enable
mobile, "over-the-air" access to e-mail messages, calendars, contacts,
tasks lists, and other mailbox data.</li>
<li>Outlook-Exchange Transport Protocol. Xandros will be given the
specification and documentation license necessary to develop a
server-side implementation of the Outlook-Exchange Transport Protocol
2007. Such implementation will provide organization with better
mediation options between client applications and the Scalix Mail
Server.<br/>
</li>
</ul>
For Xandros, the agreement is another milestone in its strategic vision
to deliver a complete Linux stack, including desktops, servers,
Windows-Linux cross-platform management tools and mission-critical
applications, in order to provide single vendor support for diverse and
growing enterprise IT infrastructures, and to make certain that its
stack is interoperable and integrates within existing customer IT
infrastructure ecosystems, for both platforms, applications, and
messaging.<br/>
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For Microsoft, the agreement is the latest in a series of efforts to
encourage the development of interoperable solutions between Microsoft
software and open source software.<br/>
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">About Scalix</span><br/>
Scalix, an independently operated 100% owned Xandros subsidiary, is the
premier Linux e-mail, calendaring and messaging company. Scalix allows
companies to reduce the cost and complexity of messaging with a
field-proven collaboration platform based on Linux, open standards, and
open source. The Scalix products provide flexibility and freedom of
choice, helping enterprises achieve independence from vendor,
technology and licensing lock-in. With over one million mailboxes
deployed, 140,000 Community Edition downloads, 5,500 community forum
members and 675 corporate customers, Scalix Collaboration Platform is
the most field-proven Linux e-mail and group calendaring solution
available to enterprises. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.scalix.com">http://www.scalix.com</a>.<br/>
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">About Xandros</span><br/>
Xandros, Inc. is the leading provider of intuitive, end-to-end Linux
solutions, including consumer and business desktops, SMB and enterprise
servers, mixed-environment management tools, and mission-critical
applications. Xandros pioneered low cost, graphical operating systems
that leverage existing skill sets and provide seamless Windows-Linux
interoperability. Its servers and management tools feature workflow
automation and "single pane of glass" remote deployment and
administration. The company is headquartered in New York with research
and development facilities in Ottawa and Mumbai, and sales and support
offices worldwide. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.xandros.com">http://www.xandros.com</a>.<br/>
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">About Microsoft</span><br/>
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses
realize their full potential.<br/>
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Xandros® is a registered trademark of Xandros Inc. All other trademarks
and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.<br/>
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Xandros Contact: Xenia von Wedel<br/>
Terpin Communications Group<br/>
1-415-595-2030<br/>
xenia@terpin.com<br/>
Customer service: 1-212-213-8083<br/>
<br/><b>Contact Australian distribution
partner Custom Technology Australia <a href="http://www.customtech.com.au/">www.customtech.com.au</a></b>
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