Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Starts New Company
June 23, 2009 10:45 AM
Xiant will provide "smart" filters for email clients such as Microsoft outlook
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may be ridiculously rich with a fortune of $10B USD, but like
his buddy Bill Gates
there's two things that keep him hungry for more. The first is philanthropy. Like Mr. Gates, Mr. Allen has devoted much to helping those in need. The second is a love for new technology.
Mr. Allen has
launched a new company
, driven by that love, that looks to return to his roots, somewhat as well. The new company, called Xiant, will offer "smart" organization and filtering software for email inboxes, including for Microsoft Outlook, one of the flagship products of the company he founded years before.
The company's first offering will be Xiant Filer, which is compatible with
. You train the new software to automatically drop different kinds of email or emails from specific users into different folders -- for example,
"work", "family", "school". The software aims to make the somewhat daunting task of managing a busy mailbox easier. Xiant claims that the more you use the software, the more accurate it becomes at predicting your email organizational desires.
Final prices have not yet been disclosed, but a beta version of the software is
Chris Purcell, VP of Mr. Allen's Vulcan Technologies investment firm, which is backing Xiant says the software was a pet project of Mr. Allen's that grew into much more
. He states, "Xiant Filer started as a personal project to help Paul keep up with heavy e-mail traffic. It worked so well we all started using it, which led us to take it to market."
He adds that its fitting that the launch be on a Microsoft OS. He states, "
It won't be lost on his former colleagues that Paul has returned to the software world with something that improves on one of Microsoft's keystone products."
Followups are planned to the Outlook release. States the company, "
There are already more tools under development to help computer users be more productive, organized, and better connected with their stuff."
While Xiant's offering may be seen by some as a friendly gesture to Microsoft, the new software will actually bring some friendly competition, sparring with offerings from Microsoft and other smaller startups such as
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
Microsoft Announces Office 2010 Suite
April 15, 2009, 3:35 PM
The Day Bill Gates Retired
June 27, 2008, 1:18 PM
Not All the High-Tech Jobs Are in California
August 4, 2016, 8:29 PM
Google's Gleaming Glass HQ Gets Mountain View Snub, LinkedIn Gets the Love
May 7, 2015, 6:58 AM
Tech's Tax Day Fortunate Few: Qualcomm, Xerox, GE, et al. Pay Little or No Taxes
April 15, 2015, 11:30 AM
LinkNYC Terminals to Blanket New York City With Free WiFi, Free Calls, and Ads
November 17, 2014, 6:50 PM
Microsoft is Open-Sourcing Most of .NET, Adding OS X and Linux Support
November 12, 2014, 8:27 PM
Home Depot Lost 53 Million Emails, Blames Windows, Buys Execs New Macs
November 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Most Popular Articles
Car Insurance - The Hidden Discriminatory Practise
October 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Tesla Announces Level 5 Autonomous Driving
October 19, 2016, 8:30 PM
Apple iOS Contains Secret One-handed Keyboard Code
October 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Thieves Love iPhones – More than $13,000 Stolen from Apple Store
October 21, 2016, 7:13 AM
Do you hate to do yard work?
October 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Key EpiPen Competitor Out in 2017 At ' Very Low' Cost
Oct 27, 2016, 5:30 AM
Researchers use CRISPR to Accelerate Search for HIV Cure
Oct 26, 2016, 5:00 AM
Medical Council of India Makes Generic Medicines Mandatory
Oct 25, 2016, 5:00 AM
MacBoo Pro 2016: Release date Oct. 27
Oct 24, 2016, 7:16 AM
Mac Users, Try this if Your Mac is Infected?
Oct 23, 2016, 7:00 AM
Tips to Prevent Smartphones From Overheating:
Oct 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nasa Flies Drones at Nevada Airport
Oct 21, 2016, 8:21 AM
T-Mobile Data Problems
Oct 20, 2016, 10:17 AM
Annoying Apple Watch Problems and How to Fix Them
Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Your Mail May Soon Be Delivered By Robot
Oct 19, 2016, 9:34 AM
2018 Jeep Wrangler Prototype Sells At Junkyard
Oct 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Samsung Shines with Gold Edition Tablet
Oct 17, 2016, 9:24 AM
Tesla Hints Mysterious Product Debut for October 17th
Oct 16, 2016, 10:14 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones on US flights
Oct 15, 2016, 5:00 AM
Comcast Fined $2.3 Million For Unconfirmed Services Charged To Customers
Oct 14, 2016, 5:00 AM
“American singer / songwriter “Bob Dylan is awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oct 13, 2016, 10:33 AM
Battery Defect in Medical Device
Oct 12, 2016, 5:00 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information