A group of former Compaq executives launched a new company on Thursday to make it easier for road warriors travelling anywhere in the world to pick up voice, fax and email messages from one Web site.
Officedomain's Messageasap enables users to have messages forwarded automatically from their existing phone, fax or email address to its site for retrieval from any place with access to a Web browser - and without having to give colleagues a special number or address.
It is targeted at mobile executives, particularly in the fast growing small office, home office market, and the firm has been conducting a low key field trial for several weeks.
Doug Pushard, Officedomain's chief executive and former Compaq vice president of networking products, said: "Unlike the server- and locality based messaging solutions - Messageasap is useful for people all over the world. We have plenty of European customers. The product is especially cost effective for them because unlike in the US, almost all phone service is metered by the minute (even local access)."
He added: "Because the voice messages are compressed 8:1, it is possible to retrieve all your voice mail messages in a fraction of the telephone connection time, thus saving lots of money in connection charges."
The founders of Officedomain went to their former mentors at Compaq to raise money for the venture and prominent investors include Rod Canion and Jim Harris, Compaq co founders, and John McHale, founder of NetWorth (now a division of Compaq) and NetSpeed (now a division of Cisco).
Pushard claims that, although the Messageasap software is free to download for customers and is available now, the company will generate revenues of more than $100 million within three to four years.
It plans to roll out a series of fee based services soon such as enabling users to convert their voicemail messages into space saving text messages, and intends to make its Web site a socalled "messaging hub".
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