Expands collaboration suite with AJAX-based document and spreadsheet creation and sharing, enhanced mobile support; new administrative capabilities and advanced support for Microsoft® Outlook™
SAN MATEO, CA - August 14, 2006 - Zimbra, the leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging software, today announced the launch of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 4.0. ZCS 4.0 includes the launch of Zimbra Documents, a powerful Web 2.0 application for securely creating, sharing and publishing documents, spreadsheets and folders within an enterprise or organization, across organizational boundaries, among friends and family, or even across the Internet. Other new features in ZCS 4.0 include "over the air" synchronization for a wide range of mobile devices (see additional announcement); the ability to customize or "re-skin" the Zimbra user interface with your own brand, look and feel; and easier management of large-scale enterprise, service provider, academic and government deployments.
"Zimbra Documents combines the best capabilities of Wikis and Public or Shared Folders," said Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO, "and it is the first solution to also provide easy AJAX authoring from any Web browser and tight integration with other collaboration technologies such as email and shared calendaring. Zimbra Documents is another step in our commitment to allow organizations and service providers to provide access to the same tools and information to all users."
Zimbra Documents allows users to create and share documents and spreadsheets using a simple WYSIWYG editor in the browser, then share them internally, send them in an email, or publish them externally with a simple URL. It is the first application to use the innovative AJAX Linking and Embedding (ALE) technology that Zimbra introduced in April. ALE is the first Web authoring solution to allow one document to be embedded within another, such as adding a spreadsheet to an HTML page. Additionally, Zimbra Documents includes access control lists (ACLs) to allow users to set permissions so that a group can view or edit content. Zimbra Documents also supports the Zimlet technology, whereby alternative Intranet applications and Internet Web services can be integrated or "mashed-up" within the document. Finally, Zimbra Documents includes the entire rich index, searching, and archiving capabilities that are core to the entire Zimbra Collaboration Suite.
"Our users have collaboration needs that extend beyond the limits of traditional messaging platforms, and the addition of Zimbra Documents to ZCS 4.0 allows them to take collaboration to the next level within an interface that they're familiar with," said Greg DeYoung, Associate Director for Campus Infrastructure Technology Information Technology Services, Eastern Illinois University. "In addition, the integrated mobile support and advanced back-end administrative capabilities will allow us to scale our deployment and meet the needs of tens of thousands of users with confidence."
"Zimbra Documents is uniquely well suited to ad-hoc collaboration," said Scott Dietzen, CTO of Zimbra. "If I want to privately get together with Satish to create some new content, it's much easier to simply send him an email invitation to share a secure Zimbra Wiki page with me than it is to configure a private collaboration space in some other technology or pass documents back and forth over email, and having to worry about collating changes, security, viruses, and so on. And when we're done, we can put the result in an email, add it into a departmental Wiki, or post it on the Internet."
ZCS 4.0 provides a wide variety of other new benefits for end-users and administrators:
ZCS 4.0 also includes the following features supported in previous editions:
The ZCS 4.0 Open Source Edition is free. The commercially-supported ZCS Network Edition is available for a 60-day free trial on the Zimbra Website. ZCS 4.0 Network Edition pricing starts at $25/mailbox/year for a minimum of 25 users for the Standard Edition, which includes product support as well as software subscriptions to new releases, updates and patches. Additional discounts are available for larger organizations. ZCS is available on-premises or as a hosted service; for information about Zimbra On-Demand or Zimbra's hosting partner program, please visit http://www.zimbra.com/partners/. Users can discuss topics related to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and provide feedback at http://www.zimbra.com/forums/.
Zimbra dramatically improves the messaging and collaboration experience for administrators and users. Zimbra achieves this by investing in innovation, open source, and compatibility with existing applications and systems. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite supports Windows, Apple, and Linux platforms and works with Microsoft Outlook as well as other PC and mobile clients. Additionally, Zimbra provides an AJAX browser based client that delivers rich, secure, anytime access for anyone within the enterprise. The Zimbra Collaboration Suite was voted Best Enterprise Project in the inaugural 2006 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards and received a SIIA Codie award for Best Communication or Collaboration Solution. More information and software downloads are available at www.zimbra.com.
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