Needs of Businesses in Today’s Difficult Economy Met by New Messageware Plus Pack for OWA 2007
Accelerates Employee Productivity by Extending the Functionality of Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access
January 26, 2009, Toronto, Canada – Companies today have to do more with less to survive. According to TechTarget’s 2009 IT Priorities Survey, 37% of managers, executives and professionals say that staffing is the IT area most affected by the economy. Companies have less IT staff for support calls, but still need to keep their employees as productive as possible.
Messageware (www.messageware.com), the world's leading provider of enterprise productivity and security solutions for Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), today has released Plus Pack 2.0 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with a variety of new features. Plus Pack makes OWA users more productive so that businesses can better meet the demands of today’s economic climate. Plus Pack has been installed by thousands of corporations on millions of mailboxes worldwide. The new Exchange 2007 version of Plus Pack is a valuable enterprise software solution, providing key desktop Outlook functionality not previously available to the OWA user.
Plus Pack enhances the OWA user experience on PCs and Macs, and with all major browsers, providing many key feature requests. “Email is the most important communication tool in business today. Anytime, anywhere, web-based email increases productivity and reduces support requirements,” said Mark Rotman, President & CEO of Messageware. “By transforming OWA into desktop Outlook for all the major hardware platforms and browsers, organizations can significantly cut down on their IT costs. By using the combined Messageware and OWA solution, our clients have reduced and even eliminated the use of desktop Outlook. This has minimized their software, maintenance and supports costs while enabling their staff to use corporate email securely anywhere they have internet access.”
“We migrated from GroupWise to Exchange last year, and to avoid the complexity of deploying the full Outlook client to all employees, 75% of our employees use OWA exclusively," said Marty Buening, Director of Information Technology for Northwest Radiology, an Indiana imaging services provider. "Email is mission-critical for our business because it ensures we get important medical reports to physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers in a timely manner. Without new mail notification, a GroupWise feature our users enjoyed, communication is delayed and our employees are not as efficient because they constantly have to go into OWA to check for new messages. Plus Pack 2.0 allows our staff to respond quicker and work more efficiently."
The latest release of Plus Pack includes the feature enhancements most requested by OWA users worldwide:
- Enhanced new mail notification that provides the ability to easily see, read, reply, forward and delete new messages.
- Editable personal dictionaries, which simplify and enhance spell check.
- Advanced calendar search for meetings and appointments, providing a simple, easy to use interface for locating recurring, upcoming, and historical appointments and events.
- Addressing enhancements, such as access to SharePoint and Public Folder contacts offering true Outlook-like addressing when composing email messages.
- Holiday and event calendaring so that users and administrators can import special events and holidays not normally within the OWA calendars.
- Enhanced OWA and Outlook-like functionality from any computer or browser, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.
A recent survey by Information Technology Intelligence Corp. (ITIC) shows that 68% percent of companies will allow end-users to deploy Macs as work systems in the next 12 months. Plus Pack is of critical importance to the millions of Mac Safari users, as well as those using Firefox and Chrome (now approximately 20% market share) who must use OWA Light. Plus Pack now provides OWA Light users with additional functionality that was absent, such as weekly and monthly calendar views, first-ever new mail notification and many other features.
Plus Pack for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is available immediately as a stand-alone product or as part of the Messageware Suite 2009, which contains six award-winning security and productivity applications that provide a complete OWA solution by enhancing the user experience and enabling complete security. Companies can learn more and request free evaluation software at http://www.messageware.com .
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Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Messageware develops and markets solutions that enhance and secure Outlook Web Access. A trusted Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Global Exchange ISV for 15 years, their applications give companies of all sizes the ability to enhance, secure, and customize OWA. Messageware products give organizations a greater return on their Microsoft Exchange investment, delivering solutions for over 2500 enterprises and four million users worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies and industries such as banking, education, financial services, government, healthcare and law. For more information, visit www.messageware.com.
Messageware Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, (877) 718-4604 x2, [email protected].