HP Announces WAP Interface for OpenMail

HP has announced OpenMail Anywhere/WAP, a Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) interface for OpenMail, the company UNIX- and Linux-based messaging and collaboration system. HP claims that OpenMail is the only major business messaging solution available through a WAP connection anywhere, anytime.

The new interface allows mobile OpenMail users to access corporate e-mail via WAP-enabled devices, including WAP-enabled phones. E-mail systems supported include Microsoft Outlook, Netscape Navigator, Lotus cc:Mail, and Qualcomm Eurdora.

OpenMail Anywhere/WAP is certified with Nokia's WAP phone and WAP gateway as well as with Phone.com's Up.Link 3.1 gateway and UP.Browser 3.1. It will also be certified later this year with WAP phones from Ericsson and the TANTAU Wireless Internet Platform. HP says it is working with third parties to certify Phone.com's HDML handset browsers, which are widely distributed by wireless carriers. HDML (Handheld Device Markup Language), a specialized version of HTML designed to enable wireless pages, cell phones and other handheld devices to obtain information from Web pages, was developed by Phone.com before the WAP specification was standardized. HDLM is a subset of WAP containing features not included in WAP.

The new WAP interface is available for OpenMail Version 6 and is part of OpenMail's Enhancement Pack 2, available now for Linux, HP-UX, AIX and Solaris users. It is available at no cost to existing OpenMail customers with software subscription contracts.