Thursday, 25 November 2021 10:14

Austrian open source firm offers replacement for Microsoft Exchange

Austrian open source firm offers replacement for Microsoft Exchange Image by Muhammad Ribkhan from Pixabay

Austrian open source software development company grommunio has announced that its groupware, of the same name, can be used to replace Microsoft Exchange.

The company said grommunio, which runs on Linux, would provide independent management of email, contacts, calendar, chat, video conferencing and file sharing in real time.

The announcement comes at a time when Microsoft Exchange Server has been under attack from numerous actors, due to vulnerabilities known as ProxyShell and ProxyLogon.

Different packages are offered to both individuals and companies as subscriptions, along with support.

The company's website says it works with existing clients such as Windows Mail, Outlook, Android, Apple Mail, iOS, Thunderbird and others.

grommunio was formerly known as gramm and is released under a licence known as AGPLv3. It is developed in line with open standards and supports both the older RPC over HTTP protocol and the Outlook standard protocol MAPI over HTTP.

The package also includes Exchange ActiveSync for mobile devices and various standard protocols like CalDAV (calendar), CardDAV (address book), IMAP, POP3, SMTP, and LDAP, as well as Active Directory (for syncing of user accounts).

grommunio also supports database sharing and the storage backend is flexible to allow expansion of a setup.

A community edition is free for use by up to five users.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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