Josep sent me a link to a very interesting article on ISP-planet. It details a update to MailSite which is an Exchange replacement. The new update brings calendar and contacts sync to their Exchange replacement called MailSite Collaborator.
The software is actually a reverse engineered ActiveSync client for BlackBerry. Its a pretty interesting idea and makes you wonder why nobody thought of it earlier.
The software works with Outlook, Vista email, OSX, & Google and has some pretty impressive features. MailSite actually reverse engineered their Exchange replacement and activesync and incorporate support for it on the BlackBerry. Nothing near that of a BES but there is one area where it has RIM beat.
The price for MailSite is actually reasonable… They are talking about $49 a year retail and $36 year wholesale price per client for their service. That is way below the traditional $20/$10 average for BES.
I wonder if this will get RIM to lower their prices? (Highly doubt it…) The list of Exchange/BES runner-ups is getting longer…
You can find more info on their homepage www.mailsite.com