In a bold move, CommuniGate is making available a free edition of CommuniGate Pro that will serve up to five users. The CGP Community Edition is designed for small companies and home users. The product will offer a full e-mail server, SIP & Presence Server, IM Server, voice mail, PBX, and conferencing server.
Any person can install this on their home computer, with a domain of their choosing, and become SIP enabled with access to their IP Communications anywhere in the world. That means a small company, or home user can flip open their laptop and connect to a WiFi network at the airport, read e-mail, IM, and receive phone calls, all with their one SIP-based e-mail address.
Enabling true mobility and number portability, CommuniGate's Community Edition allows a user to call a colleague in Paris and ring their laptop soft client in San Francisco.
Small business users will have a wide choice of clients (SIP phones, soft clients, IM clients, browsers, etc.) and they will be able to send and receive all IP Communications via a single account, which is identified by their e-mail address. Communications will be open to every other SIP-based application, and will remain vendor agnostic. The Community Edition will ship with a Flash-based user interface that can do e-mail, IM, and audio calls, a softphone, and will offer out-of-the-package compatibility with many SIP phones like Polycom, Linksys, and others.
CommuniGate Pro will be available to run on home computers, laptops, and eventually could be adopted into the home entertainment environment on devices such as cable and DSL modems as these devices begin to empower the home or family domain for all IP Communications.
Greg Galitzine is the editorial director of Internet Telephony.