Friday, January 30, 2009

Symantec GoEverywhere Beta Launched

symantecSecurity vendor Symantec has launched a new cloud-based service called GoEverywhere. The new service which is now in beta allows users to gain access to a number of applications for free including e-mail, instant messaging, and office applications.

Below is the full press release from Symantec:

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2009 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the availability of the Symantec GoEverywhere beta, a secure online workspace that allows users to access their Web applications anytime, anywhere, using most any device enabled with a Web browser. GoEverywhere is an innovation from the new business incubator, a Symantec organization that invests and develops emerging business opportunities.

The GoEverywhere beta provides small businesses and individuals a secure, scalable and worry-free computing environment that reduces costs relating to hardware, software, storage and IT management. The beta service allows customers to reach their online Web applications from a centralized location and choose from a selection of third-party Web-based applications for word processing, slide making, spreadsheet work and Web-based email. GoEverywhere removes the need to switch between multiple websites to access preferred Web-based applications and eases online file management by providing a single aggregated view of multiple third-party online storage accounts. Other benefits include:

  • Anytime, anywhere availability – workspace accessed 24x7 on almost any browser enabled device,
  • Hardware and operating system independent – only an Internet browser is required,
  • Maintenance free – no need for ongoing IT management to backup, install or update,
  • Low cost – access free software and rich media content.

GoEverywhere’s approach to secure computing uses multi-level password encryption and two-factor authentication to access the GoEverywhere workspace from any computer location. GoEverywhere’s ‘Single Sign-On’ functionality provides simplified password management making access to online services convenient and easy to manage. Single Sign-On allows customers to securely log onto their workspace and immediately access most of their Web applications and accounts without additional log-ins or passwords.

“As the use of Web-based applications increase, there is a need for our desktop or computing environment to also adjust and become web-based. We believe this will lead to a paradigm shift in desktop computing,” said Don Kleinschnitz, vice president and general manager Symantec GoEverywhere. “The GoEverywhere beta is incorporating next-generation cloud computing and Web 2.0 concepts in innovative ways to enhance customers’ choice of how and when they want to access information.”

In the same spirit of innovation that launched Symantec’s first Software-as-a-Service offerings in 2008, Symantec continues to foster innovation with the beta release of GoEverywhere. Allowing for the organic growth and development of embryonic businesses, Symantec continues to invest in new technologies and businesses that will secure and manage an information-driven-world.

Beta Availability

The Symantec GoEverywhere beta is available for free trial in the United States at: Beta testers are encouraged to provide feedback to assist in the ongoing development and advancement of GoEverywhere.

You can learn more about the GoEverywhere by checking out the Getting Started videos. To sign up for the beta you just have to provide a name and e-mail address. To sign up visit the create account now page.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:56 PM

    Thank you for this great write up of our service, we're still a free beta and still collecting feedback to make it grow and be what our users want it to be.


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