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Odysseus email client to succeed Eudora

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who cares

    with IM, text messages, and social networking sites, i rely less and less on actual email messages. i'm not sure why this is a breed of appication that bares persuit at this point.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: who cares

    Maybe a new generation can go without email. I wish you well in trying that. A lot of people, especially those who care to communicatae effectively with proper usage and correctly spelled words, still make email their primary form of written communication.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: who cares

    Oh well, I can't even spell communicate properly so there is irony for you. Maybe it's something about MacNN?

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is for business, just like the US Postal Service. Everyone else evolved. With more and more students failing to read at their grade level in the US, matching us to some third-world countries in education ranks, does it truly matter? As long as the meaning gets across, I think we'd be happy. We have many language barriers, if net speak becomes the one language of all man... i'm certainly not going to get upset about it.

    Factor in that most people (even those who live and die by their crackberry's email alerts) are too busy to run a spell check, it is a sign of the times.

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Email going away?

    Yeah, right. I always chuckle when I read those predictions.

    No email may work for kids, but the rest of the business world is strongly dependent on email. try communicating with your supplier in Asia, but having to wait until the middle of the night so you can "instant message" him. Or, better yet, just leave a message for him on a social networking board.

    That said, I think the importance of an actual email client is going away. Many of the webmail interfaces (think Gmail or Yahoo beta) are nearly as nice to use as an app. This will take over the home user market. Then, the only clients required will be for interfacing with corporate servers like Lotus Notes or MS Exchange.

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