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posted in July 2006
Users can buy optional features to allow the software to work in heterogeneous environments.
The next Community Edition Open Source will consist of the mail server, a Web services API platform, an installer, an administration console, Scalix Web Access Mobile, and new search and indexing services, the company said.
A Notes client for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will be available on July 24, with a version for Novell Suse Linux Desktop for Enterprise 10 due within 90 days after that, IBM said.
The most common functions will be bundled in a Business Essentials entry-level package for about $2,250 per user before volume discounts. Included will be general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets and consolidations, and other core functions.
Translation tools between OpenDocument Format and Microsoft's Open XML will be posted on SourceForge and freely available, the company says.
Microsoft already claims 7,000 CRM customer accounts and 180,000 CRM users worldwide. The big challenge will be enticing large customers to help the software move beyond its SMB roots.