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Zimbra launches open-source messaging platform

Zimbra is releasing a second beta of its open-sourced messaging software for businesses.

Zimbra, which uses the increasingly popular Ajax development platform to build its products, is launching its enterprise Zimbra Collaboration Suite as a competitor to dominant messaging products such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook.

The basic Web-based Zimbra messaging platform is free with an open-source license, although the new corporate network version comes with a license fee to cover greater functionality. There is also a support fee based on the number of mailboxes on the network.

The corporate edition includes new features to make administration easier, and comes with clustered server support and storage tools for managing users’ mailbox accounts.

Zimbra has made available a 60-day free trial edition of Zimbra Collaboration Suite to download.


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