Comcast launching Web-based communications hub
Comcast Corp.  expects to launch the SmartZone center, which will give its customers free access to communications tools via a fully integrated, Web-based communications center.
Customers can use the central location to send and receive e-mail, check voicemails online, send instant messages and manage a smart address book.
Comcast is partnering with Hewlett-Packard  (HP), Plaxo -creator of the smart address book-and Zimbra , a provider of open-source messaging and collaboration software. The center will also incorporate Bizanga's  e-mail anti-abuse system, Cloudmark's  e-mail anti-spam and anti-phishing tools, and Trend Micro's  anti-virus software, the company said.
The service, scheduled to rollout later this year, will be available via Comcast.net .