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Mesa ships new release of Conference+; Release 2.0 provides 'Instant Groupware' to the MS Mail and Exchange Enterprise.

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 1996--The Mesa Group, the leading developer and marketer of groupware solutions for messaging-based enterprises, announced shipment of the newest release of its flagship product, Conference+.

Conference+ improves an organization's ability to manage projects and distribute critical information and provides a scaleable environment for building groupware applications. Release 2.0 delivers user enhancements of full text search, custom defined views and improved replication as well as global site administration.

Because Conference+ is used and administered like Microsoft Mail, the time and cost of both end user training and system administration are minimal and no additional infrastructure or hardware is required. This tight integration into MS Mail infrastructure allows organizations to install a productive groupware system quickly, and at a low total cost-of-ownership, by leveraging their existing mail-based infrastructure.

Conference+, which has become the groupware standard among MS Mail accounts, will now also support organizations planning to implement Microsoft Exchange. Because both Exchange and Conference+ incorporate a true extended MAPI 1.0 object store, this new release provides the only solution that enables Microsoft Mail 3.x and Exchange users to coexist in an integrated groupware environment.

"With the introduction of Conference+ Release 2.0 we can provide `instant groupware' for anyone with a Microsoft desktop. Any organization running MS Mail or Exchange is ready to install Conference+," said Eric Schultz, chairman and chief technology officer of The Mesa Group. "We are offering organizations an enterprise-wide, cross-platform solution that can quickly and cost-effectively help them achieve the increased productivity they are looking for in a groupware product."

Tony Munos of LCI International Inc. reviewed the beta version of Release 2.0 and decided to implement it throughout his company. Munos explains, "I was impressed with Conference+'s ease of use in organizing and retrieving information. When I saw how much time it would save both the end-users and system administrators, I knew it was a good fit for our corporation."

New capabilities in Conference+ Release 2.0 include:

User Interface

Full text search Users can conduct conference-wide

searches for information using the

Verity full-text search engine.

Richer conversations Folders and subfolders are now 10 deep,

with conference threads up to 40

levels deep.

Custom views Allows users to define custom views of

a conference to show only the subset

of the conference's content that they



Custom properties Using the new Global Property Registry

in Conference+ Release 2.0,

administrators can standardize the use

of property names, formats and content

within an organization, such as social

security or employee ID numbers. This

eliminates the need to create new

properties for frequently used

organizational data.

A new site-based model Conference+ sites, a collection of

nodes connected by high speed lines,

greatly simplify system administration

by allowing administrators to divide

the enterprise into more manageable


Site installation During installation, release 2.0

automatically sets up a site and a

default node. When a new conference or

node is added, Conference+ 2.0

automatically creates dynamic replicas

on all nodes withing the site, eliminating

synchronization issues.

Simplified replication Establishing replication of another

site is greatly streamlined

to a simple point and click, saving

valuable administrative time.

Conference+ Release 2.0 cost ranges from $25 - $75 per user, dependent on the size of the implementation. Mesa has created a special Starter Pack to help customers and potential customers evaluate Release 2.0. The pack includes 10 user licenses and full tutorials and is available for $750.

Technical Requirements

Both the Conference+ Release 2.0 client and administrator require a 80386 25MHz or higher PC with 4 megabytes of RAM. A 80486 33MHz or higher PC with 8 megabytes of RAM and 4 megabytes of diskspace is recommended for the client, and a 80486 66MHz or higher PC with 8 megabytes of RAM, 7 megabytes of disk space for the program and 10 megabytes per node, is recommended for the administrator. Conference+ 2.0 requires MS DOS 3.1 or later, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 or later, Windows NT 3.1/3.5 or Windows 95, Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0a or later, or the Microsoft Mail Exchange client.

About the Mesa Group

The Mesa Group, headquartered in Newton, Mass., was founded in 1989 to design, develop and market cost-effective groupware solutions for messaging-based enterprises. The company's product family ranges from messaging-based solutions to e-mail traffic monitoring systems.

CONTACT: The Mesa Group

Ben Shelton, 617/964-7400, Ext. 205


The Weber Group

Maria Bliss, 617/520-7023
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