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Perzonae goes live, founder takes aim at heavy hitters

The new Dutch Internet communication service Perzonae claims it is ready to compete with major international softwa...


April 8, 2009  


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The new Dutch Internet communication service Perzonae claims it is ready to compete with major international software companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple in the coming years.

 

To that end, the company launched a service today that it says allows people to combine e-mails, chats, and later, calls and teleconferencing, in a more efficient manner, regaining control of their Internet communications.

    

“We have calculated that an average Perzonae user saves 36 minutes each day. Annually that’s 15 days; a complete vacation,” says Chris Troost of Perzonae Unified Communications.

 

According to founder and technical lead Paul Sijben, Perzonae is the salvation from the communication overload people are exposed to on the Internet. He and his team see Perzonae eventually replacing services like Outlook, Thunderbird, MSN, Hotmail or Gmail.

 

“Our frustration with these services triggered the idea,” Troost explains.

 

Perzonae expects knowledge workers who like to try out new software, the so-called life hackers, to be the first to download the new software. Their number is estimated at 50 million worldwide.

 

The service uses Zones in which the user creates different identities, e.g. a Zone for business, spare time or private communications. If you don’t want to be disturbed by private messages or calls during work, you can shut off that Zone and view these messages later on.

 

“It’s a single sign-on service that’s always up to date across your devices. It combines e-mail, chat, and in the future, phoning or videoconferencing,” Troost says. “Unlike other programs we communicate from human to human, not from computer to computer.” 

 

 

The service is available as of today and can be downloaded from www.perzonae.com.