A duo of Internet products from Arizona-based Artisoft aim to make Net access and email affordable for small businesses.
The first is an upgrade to iShare, which allows up to 32 users on a Microsoft, Novell or Lantastic network to share Internet resources, using one Internet provider address simultaneously. Small businesses or remote branches can share access without requiring multiple modems, phone lines, IP addresses and TCP/IP stacks.
Version 2.0 of iShare works on a Windows 95 server with Windows or NT clients. It runs over Netbios, NetBEUI or IPX/SPX protocols and uses any comms device that supports Windows 95's TCP/IP stack.
An audit feature allows network administrators to track and monitor Internet usage from the Lan. There are two levels of password protection and a new iWatch feature, which allows administrators to enable or block access to selected sites and addresses. There is also a built-in firewall to keep out hackers.
The new version also comes with five bundled Internet applications - Eudora Light email client, Tierra Highlights Internet monitoring software, Netcentric Faxstorm, Forte's Free Agent reader and Kali 95, an Internet gaming package.
The product will ship next month wtih a US price of $249 (European pricing to be announced). Version 1.0, a less robust implementation, has been freely downloadable for the past month from Artisoft's Web site.
The second product from Artisoft is Xtra Mail, which provides client/server email across the Internet. It works with browsers and email clients such as Eudora Light from Qualcomm, which is bundled with it. It runs on Windows 95 or NT servers and on Microsoft, Novell or Artisoft Lantastic networks running TCP/IP. The software ships on 6 December with US pricing of $299 for Windows 95 and $449 for NT. Further Internet office applications for small business users will follow next year.
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