Sybase subsidiary builds on Pylon software

Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions has updated software designed to push e-mail out to wireless devices from enterprise...

Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions has updated software designed to push e-mail out to wireless devices from enterprise servers, adding support for mail attachments.

The Pylon Anywhere server component works with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 and 2000, or IBM Lotus Notes 4.6 and 5.x. Versions for Exchange 2003 and Lotus Notes 6 should appear by early in the fourth quarter, according to iAnywhere's director of business development, Tina Lorentz.

Pylon Anywhere combines iAnywhere's Mail Anywhere software with another package, Pylon PIM, developed by AvantGo, which was acquired by Sybase in February and subsequently merged with iAnywhere.

The latest version adds support for e-mail attachments, although the level of support depends on the wireless device used. For now, Pylon Anywhere can copy or synchronise e-mail containing attachments from the corporate mail server over a wireless link to handheld devices running Microsoft PocketPC software, as long as the attachment is in a format that can be read on the device.

Users of other wireless devices are less lucky. Users of Wap mobile phones can access the server software to read their mail wirelessly, but they cannot view attachments, while users of handheld devices running PalmSource's PalmOS will have to wait until the third quarter before they can access e-mail attachments wirelessly.

With other components of the Pylon suite, it is possible to transfer e-mail attachments - and a stack of other information - onto a handheld device by connecting it into a desktop PC.

Pylon Conduit will synchronise e-mail, calendar entries, contacts, task lists and expenses information between the handheld and the desktop machine, while Pylon Pro adds the ability to synchronise information stored in customised Lotus Notes applications. This software is almost unchanged since the acquisition of AvantGo.

Pricing for the products ranges from $75 for a copy of Pylon Conduit up to $299 for the server software. Volume discounts are available.

The products are available immediately , direct from iAnywhere or through its distributors.

Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service

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