June 10, 2011. KDE is proud to announce the release of the next generation Kontact Suite, based on the Akonadi framework. In addition to this, we are also proud to announce the June maintenance update of the KDE Software Compilation 4.6. Unsurprisingly, the port of Kontact to Akonadi is finally being released the same day as Duke Nukem Forever, making it relatively timely.
Known Kontact Receives More Powerful Foundation
KDE’s Kontact Suite – a set of Personal Information Management applications – is receiving a major architectural boost. The team has invested years of development in its new infrastructure layer, Akonadi, and in porting Kontact to the new foundation while keeping the familiar user experience.
Users who upgrade to the new Kontact Suite version will still recognise the applications. While the underlying internals have been updated, changes in the user interface have been kept to a minimum. Among the most noticable improvements are faster email notifications, vastly improved performance for IMAP email accounts, and interoperability with other applications that consume contacts, calendars and other groupware-related information.
A wide variety of groupware servers are already supported natively by Akonadi, such as the Kolab groupware, and backwards-compatibility with existing groupware servers is guaranteed through a bridge solution allowing legacy KDE PIM resources to be used by Akonadi.
Kontact Touch: Highly Secure Email and Groupware for Mobiles
Kontact Touch brings the powerful Kontact groupware client to mobile devices too. Kontact Touch (screenshots) provides a similar featureset to the desktop also on mobile devices, including email, calendaring, and address book. Kontact Touch makes on-the-move reading and writing of signed and encrypted emails as easy as possible, supporting multiple cryptographic technologies such as OpenPGP and S/MIME. Kontact Touch provides off-line support for all data, and access to the full set of PIM resources known from the desktop client. More information about Kontact Touch can be found in this article.
KDE SC Updates to 4.6.4
Today KDE released updates for its Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform.