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Interview with tag2find

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Below is an interview with tag2find. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out!  http://www.tag2find.com/

TechAddress:  Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

tag2find:  The idea started at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria (in the heart of Europe). After so many times having trouble finding our files on the desktop we came up with the idea to develop a tool based on tagging. We do believe in a future where intuitive information retrieval will no longer be a difficult task, rather than something people will enjoy.

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TechAddress:  What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

tag2find:  We combine several sophisticated technologies in a very tiny and easy to use application that is highly flexible and will grow along with the community development. Our idea is to embrace existing technologies and existing desktop search engines and integrate them and provide additional features. Therefore, tag2find is positioned between the information and the desktop search.

TechAddress:  What are some of the main features?

tag2find:  tag2find empowers the user to find his files on the desktop by simply using tags. Based on this technology, the file directory hierarchy is no longer relevant on an operating system because it does not matter where your files are stored. Speed and ease of use are the main concerns of the software. No overwhelming user interface distracts the user from his task, but simple and ready-to-use integration in the existing desktop software provides fast access to all tasks at hand. While entering tags, the software supports the user in deciding the appropriate tags for given files by providing tag suggestions.

tag2find helps migration from current, traditionally hierarchical file structures to the new, interlinked tag structure by providing tools for setting up initial tags based on existing documents and structures within the system. A fully tagged environment provides the huge advantage of searching and finding information based on semantic relations – those relations are easily defined by the users. A stored file can be found by any combination of its attached tags, releasing the user from the burden of having to remember strict and unique paths to the files. At the moment, even with strict guidelines for placing files within folders, situations arrive every minute where the user has to decide about the correct placement of a file. With tags, he can simply attach both, providing him and his colleagues the possibility of finding a file both ways.

TechAddress:  Who’s your target customer or audience?

tag2find:  Everyone who is seeking for a convenient way to organize their files or information in a very flexible way.

TechAddress:  Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

tag2find:  We are working on the next hot upcoming features which will get the user to a next step for tagging (see http://www.tag2find.com/upcomingfeatures.html) on the desktop. Based on the current feedback, the look & feel of tag2find will change as well as some parts will be re-implemented. Cooperative tagging is another topic we are working on.

TechAddress:  Where do you see your company heading in the future?

tag2find:  We will incorporate the continuous community feedback and this approach proves to be just the right thing to do. We will grow as more and more users are coming across our tool and appreciating the powerful features and the convenience for their daily use.

TechAddress:  Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

tag2find:  As a start-up we are still facing some bugs we have to fix. Fortunately, the test users are supporting us with a lot of feedback and feature requests. Of course, we are just beginning and there is still a way to go to make all our visions come true.

TechAddress:  So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

tag2find:  We are guided by the vision to eliminate inflexible hierarchical folder structures on the PC and create a new experience and a new level of productivity when cooperating with others, based on simple, yet efficient means, like tagging.

TechAddress:  What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

tag2find:  Combining tagging with sophisticated features into a useful application to create something that provides a great value to customers.

TechAddress:  Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

tag2find:  We just released a very early technical preview, which is just a glimpse on what is about to come. At the moment we are setting up some financing for 2007.

TechAddress:  If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?

tag2find:  Our first, very early technical preview version was published on December 23rd, 2006. This version is more or less a working demo, yet incomplete regarding features and performance. We are now collecting feedback and improving tag2find.

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January 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

Corporate Profile – Scalix Corporation

Company: Scalix Corporation

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in San Mateo, CA

Launch Date:
Founded in June 2002

In the company’s own words, what is it? Scalix is the leading Linux email, calendaring and messaging company, addressing the needs of CIOs, email administrators and end users to have a Linux-based, open source-supported, field-tested collaboration environment. With over 1 million mailboxes worldwide, 60,000 Community Edition downloads, more than 2,900 community forum members and over 400 corporate customers, Scalix is the most robust Linux-based email and calendaring platform available to enterprises today. Scalix sells its products directly and through Linux resellers worldwide.

Scalix was founded in June 2002 by messaging industry pioneer, Julie Hanna Farris. Scalix has assembled a veteran team that has helped architect the world’s leading messaging systems at IBM, Lotus Development, cc:Mail, Netscape, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.

A privately-held company, Scalix is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Mayfield, New Enterprise Associates and Mohr Davidow Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, CA with offices in New York, Chicago, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Outside quote about company: Jacob Taylor, SugarCRM’s CTO and co-founder said, “Our users require seamless integration between their CRM, email and calendaring solution. Given the broad adoption of Outlook in the enterprise and the increasing deployment of Linux infrastructure, Scalix’s extensive Outlook support and comprehensive Linux environment directly addresses the needs of our customers. We look forward to working closely with Scalix to provide increased benefit to our shared customers.”

Features:
* Web Services
* Richest Web Access Client
* Mobile Users Improved Messaging
* Best Outlook Support
* Migration Tool and Administration Console
* Search and Indexing Services
* Internationalized and Localized Platform

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:
Glenn Winokur – President and CEO
Phil Lavery – Vice President, Sales & Business Development
Jim Docherty – Vice President, EMEA Sales
Walter Lim – Vice President, Finance
Jim Black – Vice President, Product Development

Relevant Links:
http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS7175602953.html
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2074418,00.asp
http://www.scalix.com/news/release48.html
http://www.scalix.com/news/release47.html

January 3, 2007 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft may delay Vista in Europe – CNET News.com

Microsoft raised the possibility on Thursday that it might delay the introduction of its new Vista Windows operating system in Europe, saying it depended on the European Commission’s antitrust requirements.

The European Commission responded sharply, saying it was “misleading to imply that the Commission could be the cause of delays in launching Vista in Europe.” Microsoft said in a statement it made concrete proposals to the European Union’s executive Commission, responding to its concerns about new features in Vista.

“Once we receive the Commission’s response, we will know whether the Commission is seeking additional product design changes that would result in delay in Europe,” it said. The Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, had a different perspective. “It is not up to the Commission to give Microsoft a green light before Vista is put on the market; it is up to Microsoft to accept and implement its responsibilities as a near-monopolist to ensure full compliance with EU competition rules,” a representative said. “Microsoft only responded to our latest concerns last week,” he said. The Commission and Microsoft are locked in a legal battle dating back to 2004 when Brussels hit the company with a 500 million-euro ($640 million) antitrust fine and required changes in its business practices.

Still talking
When Microsoft failed to meet Commission requirements, the EU executive fined the company another 281 million euros ($358 million) this summer. It is still waiting for compliance. The Commission is also talking to Microsoft about whether Vista has anticompetitive elements that must be changed. Vista, set to replace Windows XP, has run into many delays. Microsoft this week confirmed its plan to make Vista available to large-volume business customers in November and for a general launch of the product in January. European parliament members Chris Heaton-Harris, Sharon Bowles, Peter Skinner and Michal Kaminski wrote to the EU competition chief on Thursday, saying the Commission was endangering the ability of European business to compete. “It is alarming that one of the world’s most successful technology companies considers the European Commission’s attitude a risk factor,” they said in the letter.

The possibility of a Vista delay in Europe recalls similar comments made by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other senior executives in May 1998, shortly before the release of the Windows 98 operating system. At the time, the U.S. Justice Department was working on a major lawsuit against Microsoft, which it ultimately won. Then-chief financial officer Greg Maffel said any lawsuit aimed at Windows 98 could have “broad, negative consequences” for the entire personal computer industry. Around the same time, top executives of Microsoft partners sent a letter asking the federal government not to block Windows 98’s release. The picture was muddied by news reports that the company had planned to plant public opinion pieces to create the appearance of a groundswell of support.

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