WebEx Launches Email for WebEx WebOffice: Expands On-Demand Productivity Suite for Small Businesses
Fully Integrated On-Demand Collaboration Suite Without the Steep Learning Curve.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 29, 2007 - According to research firm Radicati Group, small businesses make up more than 64% of the worldwide hosted email market . To address this growing market, WebEx (Nasdaq: WBEX), the leading provider of on-demand applications for collaborative business on the web, today launched WebEx Mail, a new email service for the award-winning WebEx WebOffice suite. WebEx WebOffice with email requires no additional hardware or software and is the only on-demand collaboration solution built for the way small businesses work.
“WebEx Mail is an excellent complement to the collaboration applications within WebEx WebOffice,” said Will Roadhouse, CEO, Compass Properties, an early WebEx mail customer. “We have real estate agents across the US and in Costa Rica, and WebEx WebOffice helps keep us connected and coordinated. WebEx WebOffice applications are intuitive, powerful and work together seamlessly. It’s easy to see why WebEx is the market leader.”
Built specifically for WebEx WebOffice, WebEx Mail integrates seamlessly with the on-demand collaboration application suite. WebEx WebOffice currently includes a document manager, group calendar, database application with HR and CRM templates, task manager, web meeting capabilities and several other on-demand collaborative business applications. Together these on-demand solutions enable small businesses and individuals to collaborate with co-workers, partners and clients worldwide.
Unlike other web-based email offerings, WebEx Mail combines the performance, reliability and security of a business-class email application with the flexibility, cost-benefits and ease-of-use small businesses require. By integrating a full-featured, business-class email solution into the WebEx WebOffice suite, WebEx provides users with the industry’s most complete collaboration solution. WebEx Mail features include:
- Desktop-like Features and Functionality—WebEx Mail’s AJAX-based email client emulates the speed and functionality of a desktop application. Advanced features like right-click menus, drag-and-drop functionality, keyboard hotkeys and fast page updates make WebEx Mail easy and intuitive to use.
- Live Search Capability—WebEx Mail’s powerful Live Search functionality gives users real-time search results as they type. With three levels of search options, WebEx Mail makes it easy to find the information users need fast.
- POP/IMAP Support—WebEx Mail allows customer to use Microsoft® Outlook® or other client software to check or send email from the desktop, from the road, or from a compatible mobile device. WebEx Mail provides SSL encryption for server connections to ensure the highest level of security.
- Public Mail Folders—With WebEx Mail customers can use public mail folders to share emails with designated users, groups and departments - with full administrator-managed permissions.
- Premium Virus Protection and Spam Defense—WebEx Mail includes premium real-time virus and spam protection. Flexible spam controls let administrators and users tune the ideal level of spam protection.
- Administration Console—WebEx Mail is easy to deploy and manage. Administrators manage mailboxes, distribution lists and groups, configure shared folders, assign global spam settings and allow/block lists, all from a single web console.
“We’re not trying to use our WebOffice to sell small businesses keywords or enterprise servers, we’re trying to give them the collaboration applications they need to run their business,” said Rick Faulk, chief marketing officer, WebEx. “Small businesses are an important part of our business and they deserve intelligently designed solutions tailored for their specific collaboration needs.”
About WebEx WebOffice
WebEx WebOffice provides powerful web-based business applications designed to make collaboration simple and cost-effective. With WebEx WebOffice, individuals and small business owners can manage their business on the web with the same power as a desktop version, but without the resource constraints and maintenance headaches often associated with small business offerings. Based on the MediaTone Network, the on-demand model allows users to be more efficient, nimble and competitive whether managing their business on the road or in the office, sharing documents, calendars and other pertinent data with employees, customers and partners in real-time.
WebEx offers a 14-day free trial of WebEx WebOffice. For more information about WebEx WebOffice or WebEx Mail, or to sign up for the free trial, please go to, http://www.weboffice.com/
WebEx Mail is $5.95 per mailbox, per month with discounts available for large deployments. To celebrate today’s general availability announcement, WebEx is offering a special introductory price of just $3.95 a month for a limited time.
WebEx provides on-demand collaboration applications to individuals, small businesses and enterprise organizations. WebEx applications combine both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration capabilities and enable businesses to leverage the web as an efficient channel for interaction with customers, partners and co-workers. WebEx Connect, the first collaborative on-demand platform, enables developers and customers to integrate multiple applications to create powerful collaborative business "mashup" solutions from web-based, on-premises and desktop applications. WebEx Connect brings together people, process and data in a collaborative workspace designed for the way businesses work today.
With more than 2 million registered users, WebEx is the global leader in on-demand applications for collaborative business on the web. These applications enhance high-touch business processes, such as sales and training, with efficient web-touch interactions. As an on-demand provider, WebEx is able to facilitate both internal and external collaboration. WebEx delivers its range of applications over the WebEx MediaTone Network, a global network specifically designed for the secure delivery of on-demand applications. WebEx is based in Santa Clara, California and has regional headquarters in Europe, Asia and Australia. Please call toll free 877-509-3239 or visit www.webex.com for more information.
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