Plaxo Debuts First Online Address Book and Calendar With Multi-Way Sync
Between Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, AOL, Mac, Thunderbird, and Mobile Phones
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., June 25 /CNW/ - Plaxo(R), Inc. today introduced
Plaxo 3.0, a major new release of its market-leading "smart address book"
service. Plaxo 3.0 is the first online address book and calendar to
synchronize between Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, AOL, Mac OSX, Thunderbird, and
mobile phones. The new version makes simple what had until now been
impossible: bridging between disparate tools and services with automated,
multi-way synchronization - without cables, cradles, or complicated software
set-up. Plaxo 3.0, now available for free in seven languages, is currently in
beta and accessible to all at http://beta.plaxo.com.
"After a year of hard work re-tooling our service, this is much more than
just another product release; we're really introducing an all-new Plaxo," said
Todd Masonis, Founder and VP of Products. "Plaxo 3.0 is the platform upon
which we can build out our 'sync and share' vision, giving people access to
all their data wherever they need it, and enabling ever richer ways to stay
connected with the people who matter in their lives."
"The all-new Plaxo seamlessly integrates with my digital life," said Marc
Baizman, Project Manager for NPower, a national network of nonprofit
organizations. "I have a PC at work, a Mac at home, and I use Outlook, Google
Calendar, and iCal and Address Book to keep contacts and appointments. Plaxo
just works! I don't have to do anything special; it runs in the background,
keeping everything in sync!"
Plaxo 3.0 gives people universal access to all of their contacts and
calendars - at work, at home, or on the road. Plaxo 3.0 offers a wide range of
access options, including: a new web interface; native client software for
Windows and Mac OSX; and several mobile options, including a new WAP 2.0
version for mobile browsers, available at m.plaxo.com.
The service, which until now has only been available in English, is now
also localized in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese,
and Spanish, expanding the company's addressable market.
The new online interface to Plaxo is a rich AJAX web application, with
multiple components, presented in a seamlessly integrated, interactive
environment. Key features include:
-- A new Sync Dashboard for taking the complexity and effort out of
setting up and monitoring multiple "Sync Endpoints"
-- A dramatically expanded array of Sync Endpoints, including:
-- Google (starting with Calendar, with Gmail coming soon)
-- Microsoft (Outlook, Outlook Express, Vista Mail, and Hotmail)
-- Yahoo! (Mail and Calendar)
-- Mac OSX Sync Services (for Address Book, iCal, iPhone, and more)
-- AOL (AIM)
-- Mozilla Thunderbird
-- LinkedIn (available as part of Plaxo Premium)
-- Mobile phones
-- An even smarter address book, with Find-as-You-Type Search,
One-Click Directions (via mashup with Yahoo!), and Click-to-Call
(via mashup with Jajah)
-- An innovative new calendar, built by the HipCal team (acquired in
May 2006), with Upcoming View, Countdowns, Weather (via mashup
with Weather Underground), Photos (via mashup with Flickr), and
Plaxo 3.0 also includes Plaxo Pulse, a revolutionary automated content
sharing system, with all of the power of RSS feeds, but none of the
complexity. As people you know post content online, it just shows up
automatically in your Pulse tab, based on their sharing settings. Initial
feeds include Flickr photos, blogposts, Amazon.com Wish Lists, and Plaxo
contact info changes.
About Plaxo Inc.
Plaxo is the creator of the "smart address book" service that helps over
15 million members around the world stay in touch with the people they know
and care about. Serving customers since 2003, Plaxo is a privately held
company, funded by leading investment and technology firms -- Sequoia Capital,
Globespan Capital Partners, Harbinger Venture Management, DAG Ventures, and
Cisco Systems -- and by individual investors Ram Shriram and Tim Koogle. The
company offers services directly to consumers and through a wide range of
service provider partnerships. More information on the company is available at
Plaxo is a registered trademark of Plaxo, Inc. Other company and product
names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
For further information:
For further information: Breakaway Communications for Plaxo Pamela
Preston, 212-616-6001 email@example.com Alicia Mickelsen, 212-616-6002