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Microsoft Ships Mail Gateway to X.400 Version 3.0

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Microsoft Ships Mail Gateway to X.400 Version 3.0

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Microsoft Corporation is now shipping Microsoft Mail Gateway to X.400 version 3.0. X.400 is an international messaging standard widely accepted in the United States and Europe.

The new release of the gateway allows Microsoft Mail users to send messages, binary files and even multimedia objects from one LAN to another across an X.400 backbone, using a technique called message encapsulation. It also includes new features that improve usability and shield users from the complexity of X.400.

"While X.400 has tremendous power, it can be quite complex and that has slowed its acceptance as a mainstream standard," said Tom Evslin, director of connectivity for the workgroup division at Microsoft. "The encapsulation feature in version 3.0 of the Microsoft gateway makes X.400 completely transparent to end users. To them, messages coming from the other side of the globe via X.400 appear identical to those coming from the next office, even when they contain embedded graphics or sound objects."

Version 3.0 generates X.400 addresses in friendlier syntax, rendering user names in plain English without extraneous header information. Convenient addressing templates, friendly aliases and Personal Address Books make X.400 addressing easy for administrators and end users.

The Microsoft Mail Gateway to X.400 version 3.0 also contains enhancements to message content and delivery. It supports directory synchronization in Microsoft Mail across X. …

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