New Kontact Suite Brings Next-Gen Groupware to Desktop and Mobile

New Kontact Suite Brings Next-Gen Groupware to Desktop and Mobile

June 10, 2011. KDE is proud to announce the release of the next generation
Kontact Suite, based on the Akonadi framework. In addition to this, we are
also proud to announce the June maintenance update of the KDE Software
Compilation 4.6. Unsurprisingly, the port of Kontact to Akonadi is finally
being released the same day as Duke Nukem Forever, making it relatively
timely.

Known Kontact Receives More Powerful Foundation

Akonadi – The Personal Information Storage Service
KDE’s Kontact Suite – a set of Personal Information Management applications –
is receiving a major architectural boost. The team has invested years of
development in its new infrastructure layer, Akonadi, and in porting Kontact
to the new foundation while keeping the familiar user experience.
The new Kontact Suite 4.6 is a major milestone for KDE software to provide
outstanding features for a wide variety of devices, from traditional desktops
to the latest mobile platforms. Using the capabilities of the new scalable
Akonadi groupware framework to build interconnected PIM-related applications,
the new Kontact Suite is available in versions for desktop systems as well as
touchscreen devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

Users who upgrade to the new Kontact Suite version will still recognise the
applications. While the underlying internals have been updated, changes in the
user interface have been kept to a minimum. Among the most noticable
improvements are faster email notifications, vastly improved performance for
IMAP email accounts, and improved interoperability with other applications
that consume contacts, calendars and other groupware-related information.
For most users, the upgrade should be seamless, as Kontact 2 automatically
imports accounts and underlying data into Akonadi, leaving the old
configuration and data in place in case a rollback is ever needed.

A wide variety of groupware servers are already supported natively by Akonadi,
such as the Kolab groupware, and backwards-compatibility with existing
groupware servers is guaranteed through a bridge solution allowing legacy KDE
PIM resources to be used by Akonadi.

Kontact Touch: Highly Secure Email and Groupware for Mobiles

Kontact Touch brings the powerful Kontact groupware client to mobile devices
too. Kontact Touch (screenshots) provides a similar featureset to the desktop
also on mobile devices, including email, calendaring, and address book.
Kontact Touch makes on-the-move reading and writing of signed and encrypted
emails as easy as possible, supporting multiple cryptographic technologies
such as OpenPGP and S/MIME. Kontact Touch provides off-line support for all
data, and access to the full set of PIM resources known from the desktop
client.

More info: http://kde.org/announcements/announce-4.6.4.php


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