Third-Party Vendors Jump on Microsoft Exchange

Third-party companies are grabbing on to Microsoft's coattails, announcing products that add value to the Redmond, Washington-based company's just-released Exchange Server.

"Microsoft is relying on and encouraging ISVs to add functionality to Exchange in full-text search and retrieval areas; things that [Lotus] Notes already comes with," says David Marshak of the Patricia Seybold Group. "Even more, Microsoft wants third parties to build on BackOffice as a whole."

Third-party products for Exchange include workflow, news services, wireless networking technology, search engines, fax integration, more sophisticated threaded discussion groups, voice integration and other technologies.

Most of these products are expected to ship within 60 days, and some are due to ship within the next 30 days.

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