Archive for April, 2013

Kerio Adds Instant Messaging to its Email Server

Communication is the lifeblood of productivity. With that in mind, Kerio Technologies has added instant messaging capabilities to Kerio Connect 8.1 so colleagues can send IMs, share files and even conduct audio and video conferences via an IM client. IMs are well suited for internal communication within an organization and tend to be more collaborative than email.

With instant messaging now a Kerio Connect service, IT admins are able to apply Kerio Connect’s user access policies to instant messaging. This means they can do things like limit IMs to internal communication only, or restrict some employees from IM access. Being a complete XMPP server means it interoperates with many consumer IM services, like Google Talk, making businesses look more professional by enabling employees to IM with their corporate, rather than consumer email address.

“IMs are fast, short and conversational, so they fit the communication trends of the modern workforce,” said Chris Peluso, vice president of platform and business development for Kerio Technologies. “The ability to instant message has been around for sometime. What we are doing by adding this simple feature to Kerio Connect is bringing IMing inside the firewall and into the corporate realm so it can be a valuable and authorized form of communication.”

Kerio Connect 8.1 also introduces support for Windows 8. Users of this OS are now able to synchronize emails, calendars and contacts with the Windows 8 Mail application via Exchange ActiveSync. Windows 8 is the first cross-device OS from Microsoft, and its default mail client will be the standard for Windows users who utilize the Microsoft Surface tablet.

With integrated anti-virus, an improved anti-spam engine, and built-in archiving, Kerio Connect 8.1 gives businesses everything they need for secure and robust communication. Available both via the cloud and as on-premise software, Kerio Connect 8.1 brings business-class email, instant messaging, shared calendars, and contact management to most email clients, IM clients, web browsers and mobile devices at low cost and requiring limited IT overhead.

Kerio Connect hosted in the cloud is USD$10 per user per month (MSRP). The on-premise software version starts at USD$465 for five users; additional users start at USD$27.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified collaboration, communications and security solutions for businesses and organizations worldwide that prefer a simple approach to IT. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in more than 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation.

STONEWARE Announces the Immediate Availability of LanSchool 7.7.3 and is named a CODiE Award Finalist

Stoneware, Inc. , the leader in classroom management software, announced the immediate availability of LanSchool 7.7.3. The release contains over 300 enhancements and fixes, many of which were voted on by the LanSchool community of teachers and techs.

The ability for teachers to interact with students while other students have their screens blanked was the most requested of the new features. However, the ability for teachers to be alerted if a student tries to get around LanSchool by disabling their network was a close second. LanSchool’s audio capabilities are easier to access and have been significantly improved to use less network bandwidth.

“For this release we focused on listening to our customers and making changes they requested.” said Rick German, CEO of Stoneware, Inc. “This will be an exciting release for our user community because they’ll get to see their direct impact on making LanSchool the best classroom management product on the market!”

Pricing and Availability

LanSchool 7.7.3. is a free upgrade for customers under a current maintenance agreement. LanSchool educational pricing starts at USD$20 per device. Site licenses, volume and educational discounts are available.

LanSchool Announced as a CODiE Award Finalist

Stoneware is excited to announce that LanSchool was named a finalist for the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Classroom Management Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years.

This year’s program features 23 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Ed Tech Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 6.

“We’re pleased with the innovative educational technology products that made it to this stage. All of this year’s finalists show great promise, and they should be proud of their finalist status,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to seeing them all in May at the Ed Tech Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2013/finalists.asp

About Stoneware

Established in 2000, and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware is a manufacturer of cloud computing and classroom management software. Stoneware’s Unified Cloud Platform allows IT to provide users with access to their files, applications, and reports from a universal webDesktop. With the acquisition of LanSchool Technologies, LLC. in 2011, Stoneware provides award-winning classroom management and monitoring software known for being reliable, simple, and easy-to-use.

Stoneware is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stoneware serves clients in public, commercial, manufacturing, and health care.