MCI WorldCom, Critical Path Offer Hosted E-Mail

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MCI WorldCom Inc. is now offering customers managed e-mail through a suite of software and services aimed at businesses of all sizes.

The messaging services are provided by Critical Path Inc., but bear the MCI WorldCom brand, officials from both companies said Friday. The managed e-mail service started Friday, but is being officially announced today (April 3).

Customers have a range of service options from which to choose. Businesses can opt to have some e-mail accounts and messaging services handled by MCI WorldCom or they can choose to turn management of all accounts and services over to the communications provider. Services include hosted mailboxes and integration of internally managed mail servers. The new service also works with wireless messaging for customers of MCI WorldCom's UUNet Technologies Inc. Internet and SkyTel divisions.

"It's not all or nothing. A customer can outsource any part of their messaging," through the new service, Michael Barnes, MCI WorldCom's director of messaging and mobility services, said.

The price for the service ranges from US$2 per user per month for simple Webmail management to $22 per seat per month for a full Microsoft Exchange messaging management service, the companies said.

MCI WorldCom, in Jackson, Mississippi, can be reached at +1-601-360-8600 or http://www.wcom.com/. Critical Path, in San Francisco, can be reached at +1-415-808-8800 or http://www.cp.net/.

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