Selects Critical Path for E-Mail Services this week took steps to
bolster its e-mail services by agreeing to use messaging service provider
Critical Path Inc.’s technology.

As part of its commitment to meet the needs of its users, will
now offer hosted e-mail from Critical Path (CPTH).

The move by the idealab! offspring is
one of many by B2B-based firms, many of which are turning to the instant
messaging tools provided by America Online
, its subsidiary ICQ and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

Intranets and e-mail are rapidly becoming necessities in the
increasingly-crowded B2B sector. With nearly 200,000 businesses and
organizations signed up for the service,’s user base is
expected to grow as the company moves into the Asian and European markets.
Critical Path’s ability to provide localized support, coupled with its
strong overseas presence will play a key role in addressing the
communication and collaboration needs of businesses worldwide.

“Critical Path’s advanced Internet messaging solutions enable our customers
to focus on their core business with the confidence of knowing their
communication and collaboration needs are met securely and reliably by an
industry leader,” said Karen Leavitt, director of product marketing,

Last week, AOL (AOL)
unleashed Instant Messenger 4.0, the latest version of the popular real-time
chat tool.

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