Phoenix, Arizona—A recent licensing agreement between Microsoft Corp. and
SmarterTools Inc. extends Microsoft’s patented Exchange ActiveSync technology
to more than 15 million end users through the latest version of the SmarterMail mail server. The agreement provides a patent
license to SmarterTools for this industry-leading technology and allows Microsoft
to expand its reach to include SmarterTools’ robust customer base, which encompasses
hosting/service providers, enterprises, and small to medium sized businesses.
“We are pleased to work with SmarterTools to provide Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
to SmarterMail users,” said David Kaefer, general manager of intellectual property
licensing at Microsoft. “This technology is being sought out by our partners and
competitors alike because it enhances their value proposition to their customers,
and we believe that to be a testament to the innovation taking place at Microsoft.”
Microsoft has been licensing the Exchange ActiveSync protocol for mobile devices since 2003,
and SmarterTools joins a growing number of companies licensing the Exchange ActiveSync
patents for implementation on a server.
“With the growing number of mobile manufacturers adding Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
compatibility to their devices, the technology is the standard for mobile synchronization
and communication,” said Tim Uzzanti, CEO of SmarterTools. “Mobile devices are becoming
the primary device for communication and the ability to accept a calendar event,
read email immediately, and track tasks from a mobile device while syncing with
the server is a necessity. The addition of Exchange ActiveSync to the SmarterMail
mail server is part of our continuing commitment to provide individuals and businesses
the tools necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.”
Under the terms of the patent licensing agreement, SmarterMail 6.x users have the
ability to synchronize emails, calendars, contacts, and notes between mobile devices
in real time using Exchange ActiveSync’s Direct Push technology.
SmarterTools has packaged the SmarterMail 6.x Exchange ActiveSync add-on differently
than other providers, resulting in a yearly subscription priced well below competitive
solutions. In addition, SmarterTools allows customers to add Exchange ActiveSync
to only the mailboxes that need the technology, making adoption of the add-on easy
and affordable for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and the ISP/hosting industry.
Scalable and easy to manage, SmarterMail 6.x features a rich, Webmail interface; reporting;
events/notifications; throttling; message archiving; intrusion detection/prevention;
advanced synchronization with Microsoft Outlook; over-the-air support for BlackBerry,
iPhone, and Windows Mobile devices; and optional add-ons for Exchange ActiveSync
and Commtouch Antispam. Enhanced antispam, antivirus, and security features provide
superior protection out-of-the-box.
SmarterMail is available at the
SmarterTools Web site and through authorized resellers.
Founded in 2003, SmarterTools Inc. is an information technology-management software
company based in Phoenix, Arizona. SmarterTools builds a Windows mail server, customer
service software, and a Web log analytics and SEO software that simplify and automate
the day-to-day IT operations of businesses and hosting environments in over 100