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Day: August 8, 2004

Open Text Releases FirstClass 8.0

Open Text Corporation’s FirstClass division announced the release of FirstClass 8.0, a major evolution of the company’s suite of integrated communication and messaging capabilities. The release includes both the FirstClass Business Edition and the FirstClass Education Edition, which is tailored to meet the requirements of FirstClass’ education customer base. FirstClass 8.0 new features include advances in system security and manageability, in performance and scalability, and in collaboration and customization capabilities. The new FirstClass Directory Services (FCDS) module facilitates the integration of FirstClass into corporate meta-directory environments including LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory. FCDS enables bi-directional user administration between FirstClass and meta-directories, as well as providing access to FirstClass directories from end-user client applications. FCDS also provides single sign-in support through external authentication. FirstClass 8.0 will be available on a wide variety of computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP versions), Apple Macintosh (OS 8, OS 9 and OS X versions), HTML/Web, and Linux. FirstClass 8.0 is available for free to all customers who are members of the FirstClass Support and Maintenance Program.

Microsoft Announces Web Part Toolkits & Web Services Toolkit for SharePoint Products

Microsoft Corp. announced two new Web Part toolkits and a Web services toolkit for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies that enable them to connect systems from multiple vendors using XML Web services standards. Available at no charge on, and complete with source code, the two Web Part toolkits represent additions to Microsoft’s array of XML Web Parts by facilitating the integration of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services sites with information line-of-business applications from SAP AG and other vendors. Microsoft’s WSRP Web Part Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies leverages the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) specification created by the OASIS to enable developers to build portlets that interact with other portal sites regardless of the business system they use. The WSRP Web Part Toolkit includes a ready-to-install “consumer” component that displays WSRP portlet services provided by a variety of vendors within Web Part pages hosted by Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Microsoft also is providing a WSRP Web Services Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies that explains and provides examples for creating and deploying WSRP-compliant producer Web services. Microsoft also released its Web Part Toolkit for SharePoint Products and Technologies for SAP iViews.

Interwoven E-mail Management Solution to Encompass Lotus Notes

Interwoven, Inc. announced that it is extending its e-mail Management solution to support businesses using Lotus Notes. The new E-mail Management for Notes solution is an addition to already available solutions for Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise. Interwoven’s E-mail Management solution is based on Interwoven WorkSite 8, a collaborative document management system. The solution offers relief to organizations challenged with addressing records retention policies and removing the risks created by e-mail and documents disassociated and split between multiple repositories. The new E-mail Management for Lotus Notes solution helps provide for better records keeping and knowledge management by delivering distributed access to a virtual engagement workspace that provides a single view into the full scope of matter or project-related content.

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