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Softalk, the email and collaboration software developer, has released a new version of its WorkgroupMail email server software for small and medium size businesses and organisations. WorkgroupMail 8.1 provides integrated anti-virus and anti-spam protection, as well as content filtering and email archiving which means small and medium size businesses just need to install, buy and administer one system. It also comes with free user licences for Softalk Organizer so that users can use Microsoft Internet Explorer to read their email over the internet.

Simon Bates, Joint CEO of Softalk explained: “The new version of WorkgroupMail is designed to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium size businesses to manage their email and protect themselves from viruses and spam. It costs less than Microsoft Exchange and because it is much easier to use it requires a lot less IT support and administration, which is essential for small and medium size businesses who can’t afford the high overhead cost of administering Exchange.”

WorkgroupMail has optional subscription-based anti-virus protection that uses an automatic self-updating anti-virus engine provided by BitDefender. Advanced anti-spam protection is available by subscribing to the optional SpamCleanser service, which helps to save time by substantially reducing spam messages.

Integrated content filtering makes it easy for small and medium size organizations to implement and enforce email policies such as restricting obscene language or certain file types. The administrator can quickly and easily add or remove filters for different words and or file types.

WorkgroupMail can archive all sent and received email to help organisations to comply with legal requirements to store electronic records of messages. It can be set to archive all messages or on a per-user basis and it can also be set to store all incoming and outgoing attachments or just those below or above a certain size or for specified users.

Other features of WorkgroupMail include the ability to send and receive mail using different domains so that companies can have multiple email addresses. This can be useful for organisations that have subsidiaries or different brands such as or It also supports multiple internet service providers ISPs and enables organisations to host their own email without an ISP. Administrators can also prevent users from sending or receiving external email from outside of the organization.

WorkgroupMail starts at £75 for a five user licence, £145 for 10 users, £495 for 50 users with volume discounts starting at less than £1.00 per user for licenses for 1000+ users. All licences include a free 12 month maintenance contract providing email support and free upgrades to all new versions released during the contract. WorkgroupMail runs on any PC with a Microsoft Windows XP Professional, NT4 Server, 2000 Server and Professional or 2003 Server operating system.

About Softalk

Softalk provides a range of messaging, collaboration and contact relationship management software solutions specifically designed to benefit small to medium size businesses and organisations. Softalk is in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 of Europe’s fastest growing technology companies. It was set up in 1993 and is a privately held company headquartered in Maidenhead in the UK with a US office in New York. Products include Softalk Collaboration Suite which includes WorkgroupMail, an email server for small businesses; WorkgroupShare to enable organisations to share Outlook folders without the need for Microsoft Exchange; and Softalk Organizer to share calendars, contacts and email over the internet. OfficeTalk is a low cost contact management, email and diary solution enabling teams to share detailed information about customers, suppliers and other contacts. For more information visit or join in the conversation at our blog at

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