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Essential launch version 4 of organization-wide diary overview
for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook

Bristol, May 23rd 2001: Messaging experts Essential Computing Limited launch v4.0 of Agenda/X, the corporate calendar solution for Microsoft Exchange in the UK. Agenda/X provides an organisation-wide Agenda overview of all Outlook calendar appointments.

Agenda/X extracts Outlook calendar information stored by Microsoft Exchange Server and makes it available on the company intranet as a series of web pages. Users can see their co-workers whereabouts ‘at a glance’ using their web browser. They can also book new appointments without having to return to Outlook.

Administrators can group and consolidate calendar views to reflect different departments, organisational topography and different time zones. Standard views include daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly and these can be further tailored to suit business needs. End users can also define whose calendars they want to see without involving the administrator. All appointment information shown is subject to Outlook security, with any personal appointments remaining personal!

Agenda/X opens up an array of benefits such as:

· Easier management and visibility of both human and other resources (e.g. holidays and conference room bookings)

· Improved customer service (receptionists, for example, have a clear view of who is available at any point in time)

· Increased scope for value added services - e.g. extranet booking/availability of training courses

Agenda/X Version 4.0 includes the following new features:

· Microsoft Exchange 2000 compatibility

· Oracle database compatibility

· The ability to only gather free/busy information in large-scale enterprises and to get appointment details upon request

· Send Outlook meeting requests with the Agenda/X Web-interface (no Outlook installation necessary)

· Improved address book interface for booking meetings

· Improved overviews for easier printing

· Dynamically filtered overviews by Outlook category

· Microsoft DTPicker control is replaced by Agenda/X’s own calendar control for added security features

· Displays free/busy information for calendars that you are not allowed to access.

Keith Quinn, Sales and Marketing Director at Essential Computing explains: "Agenda/X gives Outlook users an instant, ‘wall chart’ style view of the whereabouts of everyone in the organisation, department, even project team. It makes appointment booking a great deal easier and is an invaluable tool for a busy switchboard or even conference room management.

Quinn expands: “As a manager myself, it is the first place I look when I fire up my PC as it gives me an overview of where the team is each day. The flexibility in Agenda/X is very important, especially with large corporations trying to co-ordinate team members that span other national offices, often across time zones."


Pricing for Agenda/X starts at £360 for a server plus 10 client licences. More information, an on-line demonstration and free evaluation copies are available for download from the Essential web site at:


Rose Ross, Omarketing
Tel: 0208 255 5225


Sara Appleyard, Essential Computing
Tel: 01275 343199



Switzerland based Amrein Engineering have been providing messaging solutions since 1990, and in the last 3 years have had a specific focus on delivering solutions designed to enhance Microsoft Exchange. Another highly acclaimed product from Amrein is Agenda/X, a solution that publishes Outlook calendar information onto the corporate intranet.


Based in the West Country, Essential Computing Limited delivers infrastructure solutions that support business-critical services and operations in mixed and often complex environments. A Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, Essential’s messaging division offer best of breed solutions designed to enhance and manage e-communication resources in large corporate environments.

Essential have been actively promoting solutions designed to enhance Exchange for over 5 years. Their track record, however, extends over 10 years, during which they have been involved with many of the UK’s top companies assisting them with their messaging strategy including solutions that aided migration from legacy e-mail environments to Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes.

For additional information, please visit the Essential Web home page at

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