REDMOND, Wash., May 8, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing, as well as the U.S. pricing and licensing details, of Microsoft® Mobile Information 2001 Server. Mobile Information 2001 Server is a unique mobile applications server for extending the reach of Microsoft .NET Enterprise applications, enterprise data and intranet content into the realm of the mobile user. Mobile Information Server includes Outlook® Mobile Access, which allows users to securely access their Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail, contacts, calendar and tasks.
“Mobile Information Server is a key part of Microsoft’s overall mobility and .NET strategy and provides carriers, enterprise customers and industry partners with a secure platform for building integrated mobile data solutions today,”
said Juha Christensen, vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft.
“In fact, combined with our momentum in mobile devices such as the Pocket PC, Mobile Information Server serves as further evidence that Microsoft is a player to contend with in this wireless marketplace.”
Pricing and General Availability of Mobile Information 2001 Server
Mobile Information Server Enterprise Edition and Microsoft Outlook Mobile Access are available through standard retail and volume licensing channels. The Mobile Information Server box also includes Outlook Mobile Access. Outlook Mobile Access provides access to Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange 5.5 to give mobile devices secure remote access to e-mail, calendar, contacts and task information. The combined pricing of this out-of-the-box application in conjunction with the middleware functionality of Mobile Information Server is $75* estimated retail price (ERP) per seat. Corporations will also have the option to use just the middleware functionality of Mobile Information Server. In this scenario, Mobile Information Server would function as a secure mobile proxy server positioned behind a firewall and also provide universal mobile notification router capabilities for enterprise content of all types. Pricing for the middleware functionality of the server alone is $15* ERP per seat.
Also currently available in beta form is Outlook Mobile Manager. This is a desktop PC application that expands the functionality of Outlook Mobile Access by connecting the Outlook desktop with the mobile user and offering a richer set of rules for the delivery of notifications of e-mail messages, calendar entries, contacts and tasks. Outlook Mobile Manager also fully integrates with Mobile Information Server to provide users with secure communications over the Internet, better message formatting and integrity, and monitored notification delivery. Outlook Mobile Manager is available free of charge at http://www.microsoft.com/outlook/mobile/ (connect-time fees may apply).
The final shipping versions of both Mobile Information Server (with Outlook Mobile Access) and Outlook Mobile Manager are scheduled to be generally available in June 2001. Those interested in seeing a demonstration of these new products should check out the Mobile Experience Tour coming soon to a city near them. A list of cities and schedule of events for the tour can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/events/2001/mobileexperience/ .
More information on Mobile Information Server, including details and a white paper on pricing for MIS, are available at the Mobile Information Server Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/miserver/ .
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