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Open-Xchange Releases Free Migration Tool for Microsoft Outlook Users

Simplifies switching from Outlook and Exchange to Open-Xchange Server

Open-Xchange, a provider of business-class open source collaboration software, announced the availability of data migration tools for users of Microsoft Outlook to easily move e-mails, contacts, appointments and tasks to Open-Xchange Server.

The cost savings can be substantial by migrating to Open-Xchange. As one example, for a 50-person company the difference between Microsoft Exchange and Open-Xchange is estimated to be $1,200 lower per year. More examples for various size enterprises are shown here, www.open-xchange.com/en/node/952.

Whether users have used Outlook as a stand-alone e-mail client or in combination with Exchange Server, the "Open-Xchange Microsoft Outlook Uploader" enables all users to easily move their data -- stored as PST files (Personal Storage Table) to Open-Xchange Server. A PST file contains copies of e-mail messages, calendar events, and other items on the local computer. Due to PST file size limitations, PST files can be distributed amongst several workstations without a proper back-up strategy. Having all data centralized on the Open-Xchange Server enables administrators to integrate that data into their server-side backup environment and security policies.

"We are significantly minimizing the hassle and cost for migrations to our open source collaboration software," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "We made the tool as intuitive and easy as possible to ensure that every user can install and use the tool without support."

The "Uploader" supports the following two customer scenarios:

- The tool enables users to move from Microsoft Outlook to the Open-Xchange web client to help organizations significantly reduce costs for Outlook licenses. The migration process is completely transparent -- the "Uploader" keeps familiar folder and data structures in place to make it easy for the user to instantly access all e-mails, contacts, calendars and tasks using Open-Xchange.

- For organizations moving from Microsoft Exchange Server to Open-Xchange, while keeping Microsoft Outlook for some or all users, the tool supports an easy-to-use user-centric migration process. Users who would like to clean-up their Outlook data will benefit from the "Uploader´s" manageability and flexibility.

The software is licensed under GNU General Public License v2 and is available for free download at http://oxpedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=OX_Outlook_Uploader. Development of Open-Xchange Microsoft Outlook Uploader was supported by Shinsei Bank, Japan.

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.