Targeting the ISP and small and medium business markets, Ipswitch released IMail 6.0, adding security and administration features to the Windows NT-based messaging server.
IMail 6.0 includes Secure Socket Layer security for Web messaging, protecting both the message itself and e-mail passwords, as well as authenticated POP support. A list server with a "junk mail filter" and password-control features is also in IMail 6.0.
"We've added more of the features usually found in desktop clients," said David Karp, IMail product marketing manager, explaining that IMail 6.0 includes a draft-message folder for unsent messages and a message-search feature, as well as other customization capabilities. "With version 5, we made messaging customizable. But now we're including granularity of customization, so it's more than just cosmetic. It's functional."
Using IMail Administrator, which combines the previously separate user manager, list manager, Web messaging manager, and control panel interfaces in one place, administrators can alter the features and appearance of Web mail interfaces and keep tabs on the server's performance. Ipswitch has focused on simplifying its server interfaces after receiving customer requests for more intuitive interfaces.
"These markets -- people putting mail servers into companies -- are growing very fast," said Roger Greene, president of Ipswitch. "We will continue to focus on making the product easier to use for people treating computers more as an appliance than something to learn in-depth and, also, we're looking at security standards."
Although IMail is currently only available for Windows NT, IMail will support Windows 2000 soon after it ships, Greene said.
IMail 6.0 is priced at US$995 for the 250-user version, and $1,495 for unlimited users. An e-mail-to-fax option is also available for an extra $195.
Upgrades from previous versions of IMail are free to anyone with a valid service agreement.
Ipswitch Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts, is at http://www.ipswitch.com.