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Consilient introduces Consilient Push mobile e-mail platform
Consilient unveiled Consilient Push, an open standards-based product that delivers push e-mail on leading wireless devices including BlackBerry and Treo.

Consilient Push’s main selling point is its ability to drastically reduce mobile e-mail costs for enterprises, promising a rate of $3-$5 per month. Working with a number of carriers, network operators and enterprises, the product will allow users to check Yahoo! or corporate e-mail on their cell phone or wireless device of choice without having to enter any commands. E-mail travels directly to a customer’s mobile phone or device, the e-mail does not have to be accessed from a server or use desktop forwarding because e-mail is automatically sent out to the mobile phone or device. The platform supports IMAP, POP and other corporate e-mail formats.

Oxgen releases version of Express
Oxygen Software’s Express version 1.3 comes with upgrades for newer model Nokia mobile phones. The program handles data references and provides support for phone replacement and resale.

The system backs up, restores and manages the content of all non-Symbian models of Nokia mobile phones. Version 1.3 extends its support to a number of new Nokia models. It allows the user to backup and restore not only data and settings, but also data references in profiles and caller groups. The program is also available in a Service Center Edition. It allows using Oxygen Express at Nokia service centres to provide the backup of clients’ personal information and settings.

Oxygen Express v1.3 runs under Windows 98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server platforms. The Personal Edition of the program is available under individual, family and business licences. An individual licence costs EUR19.95, while family and business licences are priced at EUR34.95 and EUR49.95 respectively. The Service Center Edition is licenced on a per serviced phone basis. It starts at EUR0.39 per phone. Free technical support and a yearly subscription to program updates are extended to all registered users. An evaluation version of the program is available for download from the company’s page.


Symantec releases pcAnywhere 12.0 and pcAnywhere Access Server
Symantec Corp. announced the release of pcAnywhere 12.0 and the new Symantec pcAnywhere Access Server. Symantec’s pcAnywhere combines secure remote control with remote management and file transfer capabilities across multiple platforms. The new pcAnywhere Access Server is a new add-on offering for use with pcAnywhere which resolves many connectivity issues.

Enhancements in pcAnywhere 12.0 include a new gateway feature, which enables transparent connectivity between help desk professionals and remote users, expanded ease-of-use and additional cross-platform support, including support for Mac OS X.

The pcAnywhere Access Server Add-On option enables SMBs, VARs and other service providers a way to support their internal and external clients by discovering and connecting to multiple pcAnywhere hosts through a centralized, secure host access point from anywhere, regardless of location or network configuration. With the add-on, pcAnywhere hosts establish a reverse connection to pcAnywhere Access Server from behind firewalls and NAT devices. By detecting when host machines are online and available for connection, the product eases remote access, support discovery and connectivity challenges without incurring expensive subscription fees.

Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0 is scheduled to be generally available before the end of March 2006 through Symantec’s distributors and resellers. Symantec pcAnywhere Access Server will be available during the second quarter of 2006. Estimated single-user retail pricing for Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0 is USD$199.95. Current users of pcAnywhere and select competitive products will be able to upgrade to pcAnywhere 12.0 for an estimated retail price of USD$99.95 after a USD$100 mail-in rebate. For small business users, the product will be available in five-user and 10-packs for around USD$799.95 and USD$1,599.95, respectively. Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0 Host will be available in one-user and five-user packs for USD$99.95 and USD$399.95 respectively. The Symantec pcAnywhere Access Server add-on will be available in a small business pack for USD$399.95, supporting up to 25 managed devices.


Microsoft releases updates to Office for Mac and Messenger for Mac
Microsoft recently made available to major updates to Office and Messenger for Mac OS X.

The Office suite update features extensive updates to Entourage. The update features Sync Services integration, Spotlight support and enhanced Smart Card technology. Entourage support for Sync Services allows users to sync calendar events, contacts and tasks with handheld devices and other applications that support Apple’s Sync Services. Spotlight support will allow users to search Entourage 2004 e-mails and information (events, contacts, notes and tasks). With enhanced Smart Card technology in Entourage users can take advantage of Apple’s Keychain feature to allow users to digitally sign and encrypt mail.

The 5.1 release of Messenger for Mac has new features for customers using Live Communications Server. Chat and file transfers are now encrypted to make transfers sent to external contacts more secure.

Both updates are available from Microsoft’s Mac site or via Microsoft AutoUpdate.

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