In the first of many link-ups with Internet service providers, Oracle has teamed up with US-based ISP Digex and with Digital Equipment, to make some of the collaborative features of its Interoffice groupware package available on the Web.
The services, which will include email, calendaring, scheduling and directory services, will be hosted by Digex and run on a Digital Alpha 8400. According to the company, users will be able to access their own personal email account and work on workgroup documents from any Web station. ?They are aimed at business users and consumers who can?t afford the time or money to set up their own collaborative computing infrastructures,? said Adrian Morrish, marketing manager for collaborative products at Oracle.
According to Morrish, ISPs are the main growth area when it comes to selling software these days. ?Different ISPs will offer different types of services,? he said. ?If Microsoft and Lotus have any sense they will be working on alliances with ISPs too. We are talking to ISPs in most major countries.?
Users can access the Oracle Interoffice Internet Service free for 90 days by registering on the Oracle Interoffice Web site at http:www.interoffice.net. Digex has not said what it will charge for the service after the trial period.
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