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French universities and elite schools adopt open source messenging system

Blue-Mind, the French open source collaborative messaging solution, has been adopted for French universities and other associated establishments, including scientific and technical public institutions, Le Monde Informatique reports today.

screenshot of Blue Mind messenging software

The Ministry for Higher Education and Research has signed a four-year framework agreement with French software supplier Blue-Mind. Its collaborative open source messenging solution is therefore now available with a specific pricing structure to all French universities, elite schools (the so-called ‘grandes écoles‘), scientific and technical public institutions such as the CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA, etc. and public sector research and computing centres.

The Blue-Mind offering is positioned as a competitor to Google Apps as regards functionality. Its features include messenging, contact management, calendars, etc. for all types of devices, including mobiles.