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MCI offers public Exchange service

MCI Telecommunications announced that it will deliver a managed messaging service based on Microsoft's Exchange messaging server and Digital Equipment Corp.'s Alpha-based hardware servers.

MCI Telecommunications this week announced that it will deliver a managed messaging service based on Microsoft's Exchange messaging server and Digital Equipment Corporation's Alpha-based hardware servers.

Unveiled at the Electronic Messaging Association trade show in Anaheim, California, MCI's new Exchange service will provide companies with the collaborative computing, email, and replication capabilities of Exchange without the hassle of maintaining Exchange servers on their premises. The service is expected to be available in the fourth quarter.

This week's announcement is the first product resulting from an alliance forged three weeks ago by MCI, Digital, and Microsoft to offer communication solutions to businesses.

MCI is taking its chances with the new service. In late February, AT&T pulled the plug on a similar service based on Lotus Notes, called AT&T Network Notes. AT&T said customers weren't interested in proprietary groupware solutions and are instead opting for Internet-based services.

MCI has not yet announced a name or pricing for the Exchange service.

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