previewed new email server software tailored for telcos and Internet
Code-named Troopers ISP, the software improves on Netscape's current
email server software, Hosting Edition 3.5, by providing up to ten times
the scalability and performance, according to Netscape's senior product
manager Kevin Tsurutome.
Another improvement is that the software is designed and optimized for IMAP
or Internet Message Access Protocol, is an email protocol that lets
users do more than they can with standard POP-based email. IMAP lets users save bandwidth by downloading only subjects and
headers, rather than whole messages. IMAP also supports Web-based email, as well as
software that lets users receive voice mail and faxes in their
Netscape is targeting ISPs and telcos that want to offer their users these
kinds of services for premium rates. Netscape has signed on telco Bell Canada and ISP NetCom as customers.
Software firm Amteva Technologies is
developing software for integrating voice mail, paging messages, and faxes
into the in-box.
Troopers ISP is in private beta right now and will be available in the second
half of 1998 for Microsoft Windows
NT servers and major Unix platforms. Pricing will be announced on release.