Open-Xchange, a provider of open source groupware, has announced the
availability of two software extensions that enable native Mac
applications to be used with Open-Xchange and the iPhone to access
Open-Xchange groupware.
Now, data and groupware information stored on Open-Xchange can be
accessed on Macs, or the AJAX-based web interface, or by using
Microsoft Outlook on PCs, or virtually any smartphone. With OXtender
for Mac OS X, end users can access and edit all information and
documents stored on the Open-Xchange server with their familiar
desktop Mac applications.

This makes Open-Xchange e-mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and
documents available to end users through their Mac applications —
Mail, iCal and Addressbook. Even without a connection to the
Internet, users can continue to work without interruption. When
connected the next time, changes on the Mac and Open-Xchange Server
will be synchronized immediately.
In addition, with OXtender for Mobile Web all mobile devices
connected to the Mac — like iPhones, iPods and cell phones from
other manufacturers, as well as software from third-party ISVs that
support iSync — will now have access to Open-Xchange data. Plus,
users of Apple’s MobileMe will receive new e-mail, calendar and
contact entries by the “over the air” push service to their iPhone.
If customers don’t use Apple`s push services, Open-Xchange now offers
end customers online access to their appointments, contacts and tasks
while on the road using their smartphones. Now, users can access a
phone number in their Open-Xchange contacts and click on it from the
smartphone to initiate a call. OXtender for Mobile Web uses the
standard web browser on their smartphone and is optimized for mobile
devices such as Apple’s Safari on the iPhone.
OXtender for Mac OS X and OXtender for Mobile Web are available now
at no extra cost for all Open-Xchange users. The software extensions
can be used with on-premise solutions, Open-Xchange Server Edition
and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, as well as Open-Xchange Hosting
Edition, which is available through large service providers, such as
1&1 Internet, NameCheap, and Network Solutions. For more information,
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