Visto vs. RIM
Background analysis of the patent infringement suit that Visto has filed against RIM.
- Visto had 13 people working in Silicon Valley in 1997 on its version of mobile email.
- There are four contested patents, awarded to Visto’s Daniel Mendez. They cover the secure access, manipulation, and synchronization of information over networks.
- Some market watchers think Visto is merely stirring up a stink so a larger player will buy them; others note that venture capitalists put in $70 million recently, so think there is some value in the patents.
DataViz RoadSync for Nokia E-Series and N-Series
DataViz announced that RoadSync, its wireless email client for Microsoft Exchange, is now available for Nokia E-Series and N-Series smartphones.
RoadSync for S60-enabled devices offers full mobile access to corporate e-mail, calendar and contacts from Exchange Server 2003, while eliminating the need for middleware servers, recurring service fees or subscriptions. Additionally, Direct Push technology, Remote Wipe security and Global Address List are supported when installed in combination with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), enabling more businesses to deploy a wireless e-mail solution for their workforce at a fraction of the cost associated with today’s alternatives.
Available immediately, from $99.99 per user.
GroupWise Mobile Server Ships
Novell shipped GroupWise Mobile Server, a wireless email server for Novell GroupWise 7 (with SP1).
GroupWise Mobile Server securely synchronizes e-mail, appointments, contacts, tasks and notes between GroupWise and hundreds of mobile devices running on operating systems as diverse as Palm OS, Symbian, SyncML, Windows Mobile, PocketPC, Microsoft SmartPhone OS and BREW.
Novell licensed code from Intellisync for its Mobile Server. Available immediately at no cost to GroupWise customers with current maintenance or upgrade protection.
UK’s 3 Launches with SEVEN
SEVEN announced that 3, a wireless network provider in the UK, has gone live with new wireless email offerings for the small office/home office and SMB markets. The new offerings are powered by SEVEN’s wireless email server. There are two offerings: (1) an always-update-to-date push-mail service called Mobile Office Mail, and (2) a “I’ll get it when I want it” POP3-based service called Mobile Mail.
The Mobile Mail option includes 10MB of data per month for £2.50 and is expected to meet the needs of most small business users. The enhanced version, Mobile Office Mail, enabling retrieval of Exchange and Lotus email, includes 15MB of data per month for £5.00 and is suited to larger businesses.
3 also released a couple of new smartphone handsets that will work with these services.
SEVEN Partners with HP for Europe
SEVEN announced a reseller relationship with HP, for the promotion and sale of SEVEN’s wireless email offerings through HP’s partner channels in Europe.
SEVEN Always-On Mail adds value to the HP iPAQ Pocket PC by providing highly secure real-time access to emails, attachments and contact and calendar information. The service is currently available on the HP iPAQ hw6500 series, and will be offered as an option on the new HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger Series.
SEVEN Always-On Mail is available in three editions: Internet (service-based, for connecting with Yahoo Mail and Google Gmail, among others), Professional (for workgroups and SMBs), and Enterprise (server-based).
- SnoopSoft WebCalendar supports synchronization of Google Calendar data with Windows Mobile 2003 and higher devices. Supports the threaded display of multiple Google calendars. SnoopSoft
- Nokia released a whitepaper entitled “A Holistic Approach to Business Mobility”. Available via Bitpipe