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Netscape Previews Messaging Server

Netscape Communications Corp. today previewed a new messaging server code-named "Troopers ISP" that the company plans to target at Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Enterprise Service Providers (ESPs), and telecommunications companies.

Billed as a central component of its new messaging strategy, Netscape said Troopers ISP is designed to enable ISPs to provide scalable messaging services to millions of users. Through the product's Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP) support, companies will be able to offer Web-based e-mail and unified messaging services to customers, Netscape said.

"Netscape's next-generation messaging solutions will enable the world's largest service providers to provide global Internet 'mailtone' for advanced messaging services," said Korak Mitra, vice president of messaging at Netscape.

"With this announcement Netscape is taking a big step toward enabling its largest customers and ISPs to provide new levels of service to millions of users."

The company also announced today it plans to bundle Troopers ISP with Mission Control, Netscape's directory, security, and administration product, in an effort to make network administration more manageable and cost-effective.

Troopers ISP is scheduled for release in the second half of 1998, with pricing to be announced when the product ships.