When the open source Zimbra project started out back in 2006 the focus was on improving email collaboration. It’s a focus that has remained in place as the product has evolved over the last six years to the new Zimbra 8.0 release out today.
Zimbra is now the engine behind 85 million commercial mailboxes and the new release aims to make it even easier to integrate with other collaboration platforms including ones from Cisco and Mitel. That integration can enable a Zimbra user to directly schedule a Cisco WebEx meeting or enable presence and chat with Cisco Jabber.
Another key focus for the Zimbra 8 release is about improving the look and feel of the application.
“We cleaned up the user interface and are now taking a less is more interface approach,” John Robb is VMware’s senior director of collaboration products, told InternetNews. “We want to make the overall experience feel more conversational.”