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Open-Xchange Launches File Sync Service, Announces Online Communications Service

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Open-Xchange has expanded its suite of open-source online communications and productivity tools with the launch of file synchronization and collaboration service OX Drive, and announcement of an upcoming browser-based communications service.

According to a report from GigaOM, OX Drive can be rebranded by ISPs, hosting firms and enterprises and offered to users either using the provider’s storage backend or combining it with other storage clouds. OX Drive can also be combined with the OX App Suite which includes apps such as online text editor OX Text, essentially providing an open-source alternative to online productivity suites like Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365.

End-users can access OX Drive via their web browser, but there are also native applications available on Android, iOS, Windows and OS X.

Open-Xchange has also teamed up with Dutch VoIP firm Voiceworks to provide a communications service that offers voice chat, instant messaging and file sharing. This will be offered as a browser-based service using peer-to-peer technology WebRTC. This service will be available to its existing partners later this year.

Adding these technologies to Open-Xchange offer some of the functionality of online productivity suites, cloud sync services, and real-time communications services like Skype and Lync. If these alternative services can compete with their better-known rivals, web hosts will be able to provide substantial value to their customers by offering them.

Both technologies will be showcased at the Parallels Summit in New Orleans next week.

Launched in 2012, Open-Xchange’s OX App Suite was given a major update in September 2013 and is used by many of the top web hosting providers in the industry, recently adding Namecheap to its ranks. It’s expected that web hosts could be soon providing their customers access to the new OX Drive service.

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