Oracle has repackaged and repostioned its Interoffice messaging software to create a new offering in the shape of Internet Messaging version 4.2.
The move is the latest in a series of attempts to refocus Interoffice, which has so far made little impact on the corporate marketplace at which it is primarily targetted, but this metamorphosis has resulted in the workflow, document management and context server elements being stripped out of the product.
The workflow portion has been moved into the applications division, and the document management offering will emerge as a new product over time.
Kurt Khristofferson, Oracle?s senior product manager for the Internet applications group, said: "Messaging is growing beyond email point solutions to become a mission-critical system and our aim with Internet Messaging is to provide a messaging platform for corporates and service providers."
He continued: "So, we took Interoffice?s electronic messaging server and added standard interfaces to support any client, and we pulled the plug on the Interoffice client because we had not been playing to our strengths there."
He added that Internet Messaging could be used as the basis of an email response management system for ecommerce sites or to simplify and centralise messaging functions in global companies.
Oracle is OEMing the product to service providers, but corporate users can also buy licences to use it as the basis of their own development work - despite the database supplier?s refusal to provide pricing.
Internet Messaging runs on top of the Oracle Application server and includes an Oracle 8 database embedded into it as a "message store". This enables users to store their messages and attachments in the system, while rival offerings, Oracle claimed, simply record their presence and must be accessed elsewhere.
The product also includes support for IMAP 4 and POP 3 protocols, incorporates antivirus and antispamming software and provides calendaring and schedule services.
In addition, users can purchase an optional Parallel Server license for failover protection and a Unified Messaging (UM) option to integrate voice, fax and email on any device, including a PC or mobile phone.
UM includes the LDAP-based idirectory, which will also appear in the Oracle 8I database when it ships at the end of the year. But UM will be integrated with Internet Messaging and Oracle ecommerce offerings such as its payment server and upcoming bill presentation software in future and will be incorporated into Oracle?s application suites next year.
Internet Messaging has been dubbed version 4.2 to reflect Interoffice?s former release cycle and is shipping now under Solaris. A Windows NT release will be available by the end of the year, and other ports will follow at an unspecified time in the future.
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