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Open-Xchange Announces Agreement with Dotster

Delivers capability to integrate contacts information from Facebook, LinkedIn and others

NUREMBERG, Germany and VANCOUVER, Wash., November 11, 2009 – Open-Xchange, the leading provider of business-class open source collaboration software, announced today an agreement with Dotster, Inc., a leading full-service provider of essential resources for businesses and individuals to get online and grow online, to deploy Open-Xchange for its e-mail users.

Dotster has established itself among the world's largest domain name registrars with more than 3 million domain holdings under management and servicing hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide.

By offering Open-Xchange e-mail and personal information management (PIM) as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Dotster enables its customers to work productively with the AJAX-based Open-Xchange anywhere they have access to a browser and an Internet connection. Open-Xchange enables synchronization with Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, native Mac applications iCal and Address Book, as well as most popular smartphones, including iPhone, Nokia and Windows Mobile.

With recently introduced “Social OX” features, Open-Xchange also gives users the ability to consolidate any kind of existing webmail accounts—for example from Google and Yahoo—into a folder in Open-Xchange so they can be managed more easily. In addition, contact details from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Xing can be added automatically to the Open-Xchange address book—giving users easy access to the latest contact information within their personal network. Users can now integrate and merge their address books from Google Mail and Facebook into Open-Xchange, as well.

“With Open-Xchange, we offer our customers business-class e-mail and PIM functionality at no additional charge,” said Clint Page, CEO of Dotster. “Open-Xchange sets the standard for groupware solutions, giving users the ability to team up with others inside and outside of their enterprise, as well as the ability to engage regardless of the social network their contacts are using. Through the free webmail offering, our customers can get to know the benefits of Open-Xchange without any obligation and, if they want, go to a complete groupware solution and mobile solution at any time.”

“Social OX is useful because it allows Open Xchange users to consolidate all their contact data that is maintained on social networks and free webmail accounts," said Philbert Shih, senior analyst, Tier1 Research. "Bringing together contact information stored from all these different locations boosts user productivity and enables control from one place. Being able to access this information via the Internet or a smartphone, anywhere, anytime, is an additional benefit. This is an important development for messaging providers as they look for ways to deliver features and functionality to users that allow them to differentiate from the competition."

"With Open-Xchange, service providers get a scalable platform for business-class e-mail without extra cost," says Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "Selling complementary and valuable services for Open-Xchange helps service providers to differentiate themselves, increase their average revenue per user and significantly grow profitability. By leveraging our Open-Xchange software, Dotster can gain competitive advantage, solidify their relationship with existing customers and attract new customer audiences, as well."

About Dotster
Dotster is a leading full-service provider of essential resources for businesses to get online and grow online. It has helped more than one million businesses and individuals establish their web presence, build their websites, and drive revenue. Dotster offers its customers a complete set of services including the ability to get online with a domain name and e-mail address; build a major web presence with web hosting and custom website design; generate traffic with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), website promotion and social media platforms; and reduce IT costs with Virtual Private Server hosting. For more information, visit www.dotster.com or call (360) 449-5900.

About Open-Xchange
Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. The company provides on-premise versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to integrate into a hosting provider’s existing infrastructure, such as authentication, provisioning, billing, and e-mail storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.

Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, visit www.open-xchange.com.

More Stories By Glenn Rossman

Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.

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