Has a release timeline been set for the SmarterMail 17.x?
Question asked by Michael Breines - April 11 at 10:12 AM
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Is a rough release timeline available yet?

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I would also like to know in particular when a beta will come out that contains MAPI support ...
We are waiting for this to do some tests, until there is MAPI support unfortunately I can not dedicate time to debugging ...
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Tim Uzzanti Replied
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This Friday we are releasing another BETA.
 
In 2 to 3 weeks were releasing a VERY IMPORTANT BETA that will have all the backend functionality to support MAPI.  This will change the way we store all configuration files and data in SmarterMail.  We are eliminating almost all XML configuration files at the System, Domain and User levels by using SQLite.  Team Workspaces and Mailing Lists were already implemented in SQLite but even they are being rolled into a single SQLite database per Domain!  These changes drastically reduce the number of files, File I/O and Memory.  We have introduced a much more optimized memory caching layer instead of the MANY CACHES we have that were added or built over the years.  
 
After releasing some BETA's stabilizing all the backend changes we will then release the MAPI protocol, allowing customers to use Microsoft Outlook.
 
Between SmarterMail 16.x and 17.x, SmarterMail will have been completely rewritten using all the latest technologies and will have allow us to focus on the remaining work we have to offer Clustering and a Linux version.  
 
This is a major milestone for SmarterTools and we're extremely excited!
Tim Uzzanti
CEO
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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kevind Replied
Here's an idea. Instead of clustering and a Linux version, just skip the OS altogether and make SmarterMail into an app that runs on AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud.
 
Leverage cloud services for built-in redundancy, infinite scaling, great security, and low cost.  Plus you could take advantage of new features like AI and blockchain.
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Sounds then like a June or July release?
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Tim Uzzanti Replied
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All, we will be releasing an updated BETA in a couple weeks.  The BETA should not be used in production.  All customers should restore production machines to a test machine and test the conversion process to the new database and file formats.  This BETA will solely be testing how the conversion process is working.  If you want to make sure your future upgrades work perfectly... this is your opportuinity!
 
The reason for the delay on this build is because we increased the scope of our conversions.  As I mentioned previously, we were going to wait for SmarterMail 18.x to convert certain files but we decided it would be best to do ALL files after seeing some of the benefits.  
 
In addition, were sending a six people to Microsoft for a week to work with Microsoft's protocol engineers.  This is being done specifically to review our MAPI implementation.  This project has been moving slow and steady but we need some face to face time to make sure everything is perfect.
 
We have been testing the conversion process internally on some VERY big installations and have had some incredible results.  After the initiation conversions we have seen:
 
A 50% speed improvement in startup time of SmarterMail.  This was way beyond what we originally anticipated and will be mostly appreciated on larger installs because in most cases SmarterMail loads almost instantly.
 
Were seeing a significant reduction in memory as we have eliminated many caches layers that have been added over the years. All database and file access is now running through one caching layer.  Were not sure how much of a benefit we will see but on system seeings, user settings, domain settings... its about a 60% reduction.  In regards to the mailbox data ... we don't anticipate that dropping much because of all the focus we have put into that over the years.
 
Since were a couple weeks late, I wanted to provide an update on why and some of the results were seeing.
 
Were in crunch mode now and the guys are working long hours to make this an incredible release.
Tim Uzzanti
CEO
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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Hi Tim, more than 7 weeks have passed since your post in which you said that in a couple of weeks you would have released a new BETA.
Is there any news about it?
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Any word on the new blog post that will provide a timeline?
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Derek Curtis Replied
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Hi, All...here's the blog post. Sorry it's a little late..we've been here late the last few nights working on the Mail 17 release. No rest for the wicked, as they say.
 
Derek Curtis
COO
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Just an update for anyone subscribed to this thread.... Phase Two has been released! 
 

Andrea Rogers
Communications Specialist
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Will the Linux version be provided as Docker image as well?

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