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Samsung Aggressively Markets Samsung Contact to Linux Users

Monday May 20th 2002 by ServerWatch Staff

When Hewlett-Packard announced last year that it was discontinuing development of OpenMail, its popular electronic-mail and messaging application, there was a outcry from Linux system administrators, as OpenMail was one of the most popular tools for managing corporate email on the Linux platform. 

When Hewlett-Packard announced last year that it was discontinuing development of OpenMail, its popular electronic-mail and messaging application, there was a outcry from Linux system administrators, as OpenMail was one of the most popular tools for managing corporate email on the Linux platform. 

So instead of killing OpenMail outright, Hewlett-Packard went to the extraordinary step of seeking a buyer for OpenMail, so the product would continue to be maintained. As a result, Samsung licensed OpenMail and is now offering it under the Samsung Contact 7.1 moniker, with Linux, HP-UX, Solaris and AIX versions.

Today Samsung announced a new program that returns the favor to Linux users, as Samsung's "Download and Go!" program offers a 100-user version of Samsung Contact for direct download at a 50 percent discount over existing list prices. This version includes mailbox licenses, client licenses, upgrades and e-mail support for one year. The discount offer is good through June 30, 2002.

According to Samsung, a key reason to adopt Samsung Contact is its support of Microsoft Outlook, both on the server and client sides. Samsung Contact on a server directly supports most features needed by the Microsoft Outlook Windows-based desktop client, including calendaring, scheduling, delegation and offline synchronisation. 

One new feature of Samsung Contact worth noting: web clients now allow remote access from internet cafes and wireless handhelds. 

In addition to the Linux "Download and Go!" program, Samsung is running a promotion for customers migrating from existing mail and messaging platforms. The target of this promotion, which also features deep discounts, is available to current users of HP OpenMail, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and iPlanet Mail Server.


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