In our recent R11.4 release we made an important change to the M-Box POP/IMAP
Gateway product which we launched in December of last year.
This product now operates in 'synchronization mode', which manages its
relationship with the backend POP server to which it connects. Prior to R11.4
when the gateway connected to the POP server to download messages, those
messages were deleted on the POP server.
Now messages are deleted on the POP server only if the client deletes the
message on the M-Box POP/IMAP gateway. Both servers remain in sync.
It's nice to see that the new Open Standard for mobile messaging, LEMONADE, which Isode has committed to supporting, is now getting some attention in the press. Two articles published last week (links below) correctly identify the importance of Open Standards in challenging the proprietary systems currently making the running in the fast expanding market for mobile email.
We intend to incorporate the Profile 1 LEMONADE extensions into M-Box in the next major release (R12) of the Isode product set.
But even without these new features, M-Box as it stands today is still one of the best performing IMAP servers available, with a robustness and scalability that you'd expect from Isode products. M-Box benchmark results are published here and the product itself, as with all Isode products, is available for evaluation either on its own or as part of our Internet Messaging evaluation suite.
X.400 was specified in the 1980s, with the expectation that it would be the universal standard for email. While this did not happen, X.400 is still used for many applications, particularly where high reliability is required.
A new whitepaper on the Isode website summarizes the key features of X.400 that make it good for applications needing high reliability, with particular focus on capabilities not available with Internet email.
The consulting and research company, Informa Telecoms and Media have published a new report on the Mobile Enterprise. In the report they identify the 'Prosumer', an employee who's company pays for a portion of their monthly phone bill and who has been excluded from accessing corporate email wirelessly due to technical barriers including device configuration/capabilities.
Informa believe that this large segment of users do have a need to access corporate email through their mobile device and that manufacturers like Blackberry will move increasingly towards back-end server solutions, and away from their current focus on the mobile device.
We think that this is right, blackberry type solutions are great at what they do but the requirement for a new handset excludes a very large number of companies who would like to roll out mobile access but cannot justify an investment in new handsets for employees who have traditionally used their subsidised personal mobile phones for company use.
This rise in demand for efficient corporate email access via already existing devices (perhaps with new email clients) coincides nicely with the work that Isode and other companies have been doing to implement the IETF's LEMONADE standards. These new Open Standards bring efficient mobile email access to existing handsets though a combination of LEMONADE Compatible clients on phones and LEMONADE compatible IMAP mail servers such as Isode's M-Box (or even IMAP access to POP only accounts via a product like Isode's M-Box POP/IMAP gateway).
Isode partner Boldon James have released another addition to their defence messaging portfolio, a STANAG 4406 Annex E Solution that supports IP-based communications in low-bandwidth environments, meeting military standard requirements for mobile and tactical messaging in Radio Silence for land, sea and air operations.
As the Boldon James press release puts it:
"Boldon James' time to market for this solution has been substantially reduced as a result of its successful collaboration with leading standards based software developer, Isode Ltd. Isode's unrivalled technical expertise in the field of X.400 technologies, has facilitated a complex integration with Microsoft Exchange on a Windows platform"