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January 16, 2008

Zimbra Expands Support for Apple Products and Technologies

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Zimbra, a Yahoo! company has expanded its support for Apple (News - Alert) products and technologies, including Safari 3 and CalDAV for Mac OS X Leopard.

“The amazing speed of Safari 3 has blown the Zimbra team away and we are excited to be the first major collaboration platform to support the calendaring standard CalDAV,” said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO and co-founder of Zimbra in a statement.
Zimbra also wanted to expand their support for the iPhone (News - Alert) by adding an optimized mobile Web experience on top of their iSync support.
Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations explained that Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features, including major enhancements to Safari and iCal.
“We’re pleased that Zimbra users can take advantage of the world’s fastest browser with Safari and improved iCal group calendaring with CalDAV in Leopard,” said Okamoto.
Zimbra explains that their Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) fully supports Safari 3, which is the fastest Web browser on any platform and is available for Tiger and Leopard users and is in beta on Windows. ZCS’s rich AJAX interface includes email, calendaring, Zimbra Documents, and customizable mash-ups called Zimlets. This interface takes full advantage of Safari’s optimized AJAX browsing experience.
The company now supports CalDAV, a key feature for customers using Leopard’s iCal 3 as their calendaring client in order to meet the advanced calendaring needs of Mac users.
CalDAV is based on a public standard and allows users to synchronize and browse free/busy time and recurring appointments easily, both with personal and public calendars.
ZCS is also available to iPhone users via the Zimbra Mobile HTML client. The iPhone’s Safari browser enables fast access to the full-featured AJAX interface. Thanks to the Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync, users can sync not only their email but also their address books and calendars to their iPhones.
The ZCS 5.0 Open Source Edition, available now, is free. The commercially supported ZCS 5.0 Network Edition is reportedly available for a 60-day free trial on the Zimbra Website.
Zimbra, a Yahoo! company, is a provider of collaboration software for universities, businesses and service providers.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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