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April 20, 1994

ISOCOR ADDS MESSAGE APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE PRODUCTS

By CBR Staff Writer

Los Angeles, California-based Isocor Inc has announced new software products for messaging-enabled applications based on Microsoft Corp’s MAPI Message Application Programming Interface. The company says that the new products can be applied to interconnect desktop Windows and Unix-based computers with enterprise-wide messaging systems and public networks without gateways or protocol converters. Called MapiWare, the family consists of three classes of software: client applications, messaging service providers and communications modules. On the client application side is the IsoPro graphical user interface for MAPI, which implements on-screen the 1988 X.400 standard. According to Isocor, IsoPro is a universal client that provides a user environment for generating, manipulating and archiving electronic messages, using data generated by Windows applications including Word, PowerPoint and Excel; it also features an ‘advanced editor’ feature for creating and modifying interpersonal electronic mail messages. The messaging service provider elements include direct support for the X400 message handling system and X500 Directory Service, direct electronic mail access via Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and encoding of binary files in the Multipurpose Internet Mail extensions format; a different Provider handles and routes Electronic Data Interchange exchanges based on the ITU X.435 specifications for international document interchange. The company claims that it can be accessed by applications using the EDIFACT and ANSI X.12 EDI formats. The communications modules link messaging service providers on the desktop with servers over standard links using TCP/IP or Open Systems Interconnection protocols over local network, wide area network, ISDN, dial-up asynchronous modems, X25 or wireless media. MapiWare is available now; pricing will range from $50 to $500, depending on options and volume ordered.

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