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Phoenix, Arizona – (The Hosting News) – September 29, 2009 – 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.

David Kaefer, general manager of intellectual property licensing at Microsoft offered, ”We are pleased to work with SmarterTools to provide Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to SmarterMail users. 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.

Tim Uzzanti, CEO of SmarterTools noted, ”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. 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 reporting tool that simplify and automate the day-to-day IT operations of businesses and hosting environments.

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