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Bells, whistles, protocols for cc:Mail

Lotus releases a 32-bit Windows version of its cc:Mail application that promises new messaging and text formatting features as well as improved Internet connectivity.

Lotus Development will soon release a 32-bit Windows version of its cc:Mail application that promises new message and text formatting features, as well as improved Internet connectivity.

The new Release 7 will act as an email shell, allowing access to non-cc:Mail accounts compatible with the Microsoft MAPI (messaging API). The new version will also allow mailboxes to be transferred from one user to another if, for example, a user is on vacation or overloaded with email. For remote users, all or parts of a mailbox will transfer over eight different communication protocols: asynch, wireless, NetWare, TCP/IP, X.25, ISDN, PBX, and direct connect. These features will keep cc:Mail in sync with an increasingly wired customer base.

Release 7 will also support Internet messaging protocols to allow network administrators to run mail systems from an Internet- or intranet-based wide area network instead of a LAN.

The new version will add more hierarchical sorting capability with nested folders, as well as customizable views of stored messages. Users will also be able to tailor color, text formatting, and the addition of "stationery" logos within message documents.

Release 7 will be available for Windows 95 and NT by October, the company said, and will cost $55 at volume pricing. Upgrades from cc:Mail Release 6 will be free. The Internet protocol support, however, might not be available with the launch of the product. A Windows 3.1 version will not be available until the fourth quarter, despite the fact that the older Windows version outranks other Microsoft operating systems in installed base.

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