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Update on Webmail, Calendar and Company Directory

We’ve fallen a few weeks behind on our next product development release, code named Neptune. Neptune is a huge project that includes faster webmail (with heavy incorporation of Ajax), Calendar (also Ajaxed) and Company Directory, which will allow email administrators to populate webmail address books from the control panel, providing email users with ‘read-only’ access to that data.
I’ll have an update soon as to exact launch dates, but as of now, we’re still shooting for November. In the meantime, if you’d like some of the gory technical details behind the stuff we’re working on, especially with regards to webmail and Ajax, check out Mike’s blog—Mike is the team lead on the project.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Pat Matthews.

Pat Matthews is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Pat founded Webmail.us, a business email hosting company that made Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2007 Rackspace acquired Webmail.us and the two businesses joined forces. From 2007 to 2009, Pat led the Rackspace mail business and helped grow it to more than two million paid mailboxes worldwide.

In January 2010, Pat was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of all Rackspace cloud businesses. In this role he led Rackspace to become one of the most important companies in the cloud computing industry. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cloud at Rackspace in August of 2010.

Today, Pat oversees corporate development, which includes M&A, investment projects, new business initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Pat is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He is an angel investor and advisor in several startup companies. Pat and his family live in San Antonio, TX.


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