updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed September 5, 2007
Odysseus to succeed Eudora
Infinity Data Systems today announced its development of an email application designed to succeed Eudora -- a popular email application that virtually dominated the Mac platform before its discontinuation in 2006. "We have always felt that Eudora is a best-of-breed email application for both Mac OS X and Windows," said Matt Milano, Infinity Project Manager. "Easily one of the oldest email applications, it still offers features either not found in competing applications or, if found, not implemented as elegantly." The company says it has already begun work on the application code-named "Odysseus" and that it will release an initial beta by the end of the year. Infinity Data Systems plans to issue the final release late in the first quarter of 2008, offering full backward compatibility with Eudora while utilizing existing Eudora mailboxes and settings.
The announcement comes just one day after the Mozilla-Eudora partnership debuted Eudora 8.0 beta 1, a new release of the Thunderbird-based email client that serves as the official successor of Eudora. Qualcomm -- the company that acquired Eudora from its original developer in 1991 -- donated Eudora to the Mozilla Foundation in 2006 after ceasing development on the client.