The Award-Winning Alternative to Microsoft Exchange Now Offers Native Support of Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac Users

Kerio Technologies, Inc. today announced Kerio Connect 7.2, the latest release of its flexible messaging and collaboration platform that provides email, contacts and calendar management through desktop email clients, Web browsers and smartphones. Intended exclusively for SMB organizations with anywhere from 5-500 employees, Kerio Connect 7.2 is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange with a wide choice of supported OS platforms, low hardware requirements and easy configuration.

An open and flexible platform, Kerio Connect 7.2 enables users to manage their email messages, access global contacts and schedule meetings with ease. Kerio established itself by offering the widest selection of supported desktop clients and mobile email options, including the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry to ensure that users are never far from their most critical business data.

“Kerio Connect serves small and medium organizations such as local governments, schools, manufacturing companies, and law offices – and they all have diverse needs,” said Dusan Vitek, vice president, worldwide marketing, Kerio Technologies. “We’ve worked very hard to make Connect 7.2 fit for those who value flexibility when choosing a smartphone, desktop email client or operating system that work best for them.”

The new Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac now works natively with Kerio Connect 7.2, providing email, calendar, contact, and task synchronization with the server. Mac users also have a choice of Microsoft Entourage 2004 and 2008 or Apple Mail and iCal as clients that also work fully with Kerio Connect.

“Mac is the technology of choice for many SMBs, and Kerio worked tirelessly to ensure Connect 7.2 supports all the features business users demand from an email and messaging solution,” said Mike Dempsey, president, JMD Consulting. “With Kerio Connect, I can offer customers secure and reliable access to their business critical data via Windows or Mac, on a tablet, or via their smartphone of choice.”

Kerio Connect 7.2 introduces a new version of the CalDAV protocol, which allows for the server to fully control calendar synchronization between various CalDAV clients such as iCal on the Mac and Calendar on the iPhone. Additionally, within the calendar scheduling functionality, users can use advanced features such as creating exceptions (change time and attachments, add attendees, etc.) to recurring events, even between users that have different calendaring applications. Lastly, a new auto-accept feature tentatively schedules meeting requests in calendars even when the user is offline. Others can see free and potentially busy timeslots without waiting for the user to accept or decline meetings and adjust accordingly.

“Kerio continues to push open standards and promotes interoperability of calendaring systems through CalDAV to break the stranglehold of old school vendors and allow all users to use any calendar application and device they want,” said Vitek.

IT managers will find Kerio Connect 7.2 easy to administer and manage. With Web access to administration, email can be configured and users can be added and deleted remotely. When users are deleted, they are automatically removed from all groups. Administrators also have the ability to prevent users from changing passwords for enhanced control.

In addition, Kerio Connect 7.2 provides comprehensive email security, including both anti-virus and anti-spam protection with a multi-layer defense system.

Kerio Connect 7.2 runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and is available as a virtual appliance on the VMware and Parallels platforms. The solution comes with integrated anti-spam, anti-virus, automated backup, and archiving. Kerio Connect starts at USD$450 for five users, additional users start at USD$24.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified communications, collaboration and security solutions for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations worldwide. 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 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation.