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Zimbra 2010

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Zimbra just released v5.0.  For those of you that don’t know Zimbra, it’s a Microsoft Exchange / Outlook competitor that Yahoo bought last year for $350m.  While v5.0 looks nifty, I was thinking about the release notice to Zimbra customers for Zimbra v6.0, which I assume will be released after Microsoft completes their conquest acquisition of Yahoo (for those of you that live under a rock in a cave, Microsoft made an offer to acquire Yahoo last Friday for $45b.)

Following is an approximation of what I expect a Zimbra customer to receive regarding an upgrade.

Some date, 2010

Dear Microsoft Zimbra Customer:

The latest release of Zimbra (Zimbra 6.0) has been released to manufacturing today and will be available within 60 days.  As part of this release, we are renaming Zimbra 6.0 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.  The upgrade will be automatically delivered as part of your Zimbra license (sublicensed under the Microsoft Live Enterprise Support Service.)

If you are running the Zimbra desktop client, it will automatically be deleted and upgraded to Microsoft Outlook. If you are running the Zimbra Windows Mobile client, it will automatically be deleted and upgraded to Windows Mobile Mail.  If you are running any of the other Zimbra clients, including ones for Palm, Symbian, iPhone, or Blackberry, they will simply stop working and you will need to upgrade to a Windows Mobile Device.

Please back up your data as we can not assure you that it will be transferred.

  • http://blog.jparkhill.com Jay Parkhill

    Ugh! I forgot about Y! buying Zimbra. I've been using it happily because MS Exchange drives me crazy.

  • http://robjohnson.tumblr.com Rob

    I'm liking my decision to use google apps more and more.

  • http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2008/02/collaboration-e-discovery-and-record.html Benjamin Wright

    As professionals use groupware like Zimbra to draft and negotiate legal and business transactions, issues will arise regarding record retention and discovery in litigation.

  • http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2008/02/collaboration-e-discovery-and-record.html Benjamin Wright

    As professionals use groupware like Zimbra to draft and negotiate legal and business transactions, issues will arise regarding record retention and discovery in litigation.

  • http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2008/02/collaboration-e-discovery-and-record.html Benjamin Wright

    As professionals use groupware like Zimbra to draft and negotiate legal and business transactions, issues will arise regarding record retention and discovery in litigation.

  • Andy Stack

    Ha! One other Outlook/Exchange substitute Yahoo acquired was Bloomba from Stata Labs a few years ago and it is now licensed to Corel as Word Perfect Mail. I'm sure Corel was happy to have it to round out their suite and not have to recommend their customers use ANY MS apps, but now that may change with Microsoft buying Y. Just when we thought all these Outlook/Exchange killers were safe from MSFT…

  • Jay Parkhill

    Ugh! I forgot about Y! buying Zimbra. I've been using it happily because MS Exchange drives me crazy.

  • Andy Stack

    Ha! One other Outlook/Exchange substitute Yahoo acquired was Bloomba from Stata Labs a few years ago and it is now licensed to Corel as Word Perfect Mail. I'm sure Corel was happy to have it to round out their suite and not have to recommend their customers use ANY MS apps, but now that may change with Microsoft buying Y. Just when we thought all these Outlook/Exchange killers were safe from MSFT…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rnjohnson rnjohnson

    I'm liking my decision to use google apps more and more.

  • Jay Parkhill

    Ugh! I forgot about Y! buying Zimbra. I've been using it happily because MS Exchange drives me crazy. <sigh>

  • Andy Stack

    Ha! One other Outlook/Exchange substitute Yahoo acquired was Bloomba from Stata Labs a few years ago and it is now licensed to Corel as Word Perfect Mail. I'm sure Corel was happy to have it to round out their suite and not have to recommend their customers use ANY MS apps, but now that may change with Microsoft buying Y. Just when we thought all these Outlook/Exchange killers were safe from MSFT…

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