mailstore-proxy.png I don't often get asked about the MailStore proxy, as most of our customers tend to use a local email server of some kind such as MDaemon or Microsoft Exchange where it's not needed. Every so often however, I'll be asked about creating a centralised archiving solution for an off-site POP3/ SMTP service which is where it provides a simple but effective solution. Typically customers using these services will have have been using simple, user-based archiving such as the manual creation of local PST files which may or may not be include in a wider backup strategy - by no means an ideal solution.

MailStore Home EditionMailStore "Home" has been gaining some real momentum globally as a great little solution for single users who want to archive their mail securely. Following more than 1,500,000 free downloads of MailStore Home to date, German developer deepInvent have responded to consumer feedback and introduced a range of new and sought-after features to MailStore Home 5 which went live today on their site. >>> Downloaded MailStore Home version 5.0 here <<< (please note that Zen Software are unable to offer support on MailStore Home at this time)

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Before I start, don't worry - I'm not for a minute going to disguise this an impartial and exhaustive comparison of the two offerings given our slight bias here in the direction of MailStore. I am however, asked quite often asked if I can highlight any differences so with this in mind, I've compiled just a handful of points that differentiate the two that may be of interest if you're currently weighing up the various archiving options available to you.

mailStore box shotExciting stuff! One of the leading Exchange resource sites today published a glowing review of MailStore giving it the highest category of praise and their coveted Gold award. >> READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE << The author J. Peter Bruzzes, who's an MVP and director of Exclusively Exchange gave a summary of the install process in his test lab environment. Not that we had any doubts, but we were extremely pleased to read his subsequent feedback which included quotes such as "I liked MailStore Server. I liked it a lot because it was incredibly easy-to-use, extremely flexible, reasonably priced and well supported".