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[News] Mobile device software company partners with AmigaANN.lu
Posted on 24-Aug-2000 13:28 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselš1 comments
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Amiga have released this announcement about an agreement with Ruksun Software Technologies, a company specializing in the development of Internet and Connectivity application software for mobile and wireless devices. Ruksun have products available currently for WinCE, EPOC and PalmOS operating systems. They have agreed to port Messenger Force (instant messenger a la ICQ) and IMAP Force (e-mail client) from their product portfolio to the new Amiga platform, to start with.

Mobile device software company partners with Amiga : Comment 1 of 1ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 24-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
Well, they don't seem like a major mover and shaker, but it's good to note some generic (non-Amiga/non-game) developers hopping on board. I've become a big fan of IMAP of late (even if it is, like most mail protocols, pretty lame in the end); in a "3G" world, you don't really want to give each of your devices a seperate POP account (or try to manage DLing/saving mail between them)...
A personal IMAP server would probably be a killer app for the general public- something simple to set up that accesses your standard POP account and then serves to all your networked/wireless gadgetry. Most people are using Hotmail right now, and if you could combine a GOOD mailreader (say, something that doesn't require constant mousing on a keyboard-based device, and doesn't hog the display on a handheld (looks like this one does, but I'll blame WinCE) with a simple POP-download->IMAP-server setup, people would actually discover that email can be simple to use.
I'm a bit disturbed with the popularity of webmail; I use it myself because nobody's had the sense to install public one-shot IMAP readers (that'd be another nice app... there are a lot of computer labs in the world, especially on the campuses of universities that pay heartily for software) on most of the boxes I use daily.
Of course, the existing webmail services could switch to Java and force the user to use their ad-pushing client...
-Floid
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