Office 365 vs Zimbra
Microsoft Office 365 is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. Office 365 includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products (including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server), delivered and accessed over the Internet, in effect, the next version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).
Zimbra Collaboration Server is an email and calendar server plus much more; think about it like a next-generation Microsoft Exchange server. In addition to email and calendar, it provides file sharing, tasks, contacts, social media, document management and simplified administrative controls all in an award winning webmail user interface built with the latest AJAX web technology. ZCS also provides mobility and syncs to desktop client applications; the server is deployed on commodity Linux and Mac server hardware.
Latest news about Office 365 and Zimbra:
13.01.17. Microsoft launched StaffHub - a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers. Microsoft unveiled the new addition to its Office 365 suite - application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. Managers, who may have access to desktop or laptop computers, may use the web version of StaffHub to create the staff schedules in the program, but employees will likely only use StaffHub from their mobile phones. Staff can swap shifts with other workers in the mobile app and request time off — requests that get routed to a manager for approval. Push notifications are used to alert users of these requests and approvals along with other updates, private notes, chats and more. Plus, the app can be used for sharing notifications and internal resources. The software is available for free in Office 365 commercial plans.
21.11.16. Office 365 gets its own built-in lightweight CRM. Microsoft rolled out a new tool for business owners using Office 365 and Outlook called Outlook Customer Manager, a lightweight CRM for companies that need to track their customer interactions and history, but aren’t yet ready for a more robust platform like Dynamics 365. The new tool lets businesses track tasks and deals in progress directly in Outlook, and will pop-up reminders aimed at helping them stay on top of their customer relationships. Once enabled, Outlook Customer Manager will automatically organize customer information, including emails, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines. This information – which is collected from email, calendar and call log data – is presented in a timeline format next to the inbox. Users can associate certain tasks with a contact, company or deal, so they can interact with their customers in a more timely fashion. It’s also able to present lists of deals by stage, close dates, priority and amount.
12.09.16. Office 365 now lets you invite guests to groups. From now Office 365 users will be able to include outside parties in their project, as Microsoft is rolling out guest access in Outlook on the web. Once added, guests receive a welcome email, are granted access to group files in SharePoint Online, begin receiving email messages and calendar invites sent to the group, and can access the group in Office on the web and the Outlook Groups mobile application. They also have automatic access to cloud-based file attachments. All guests have to sign into Microsoft to get Office 365 access, but they can be part of any email domain, even if it’s not part of a business.
21.07.16. Office 365 hets online booking app. Microsoft extanded its Office 365 suite with a new service called Bookings, which will allow customers to schedule appointments with a business using online software. In addition to connecting businesses and customers without the need for a phone call, Bookings will also manage other aspects to appointment management, including sending out confirmations and reminders, handling re-scheduling and cancellations, updating the business staff’s calendar, and more. Businesses are provided with a unique web page that works on both desktop and mobile where customers can select their dates and times based on current availability. Here, they’ll enter in their contact information and book the appointment. The system then automates the rest of the process surrounding appointment management.
02.05.16. Office 365 groups gets connectors. Microsoft released Office 365 Connectors that enable teams who have been pulled together in an Office 365 Group to share third-party services using a single sign-in or account. Office 365 Connectors can surface all the information that a team may need from services like Twitter, LinkedIn or Trello, and makes it available through the shared Groups inbox. By providing an integrated experience that link together email conversations, file storage, and calendar event management, Groups create an integrated experience for teams to focus on group activity.
23.09.15. Microsoft released Office 2016. Microsoft is releasing Office 2016, offering refreshed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applications. The look and feel of the programs will be familiar to anyone who has used the 2013 edition of Microsoft’s productivity software. Much of what’s new with the 2016 edition is better integrated collaboration tools. A new co-authoring feature allows multiple users to edit the same document in real time, long a feature of Office’s Web-based cousins and apps built by Google and other Microsoft competitors. Also arriving is chat service Skype, which will be embedded within Office apps to let users send instant messages, share images of their work, or video chat from within a document. Other new features include a search tool to locate specific functions within Office, and a research tool that pulls data from the Internet into documents. Microsoft is pushing to sell the software suite through Office 365, the company’s subscription program, instead of the traditional model of a one-time purchase that gives the user rights to the software in perpetuity.
26.08.15. Zimbra is acquired again. The new owner - Synacor. The open-source based email and messaging software provider Zimbra has been acquired by Synacor for $24.5 million. Synacor calls itself the multiscreen technology and monetization partner for video, internet and communications providers, device manufacturers and enterprises. Synacor officials said they will continue the open source version of Zimbra and provide technical support for Zimbra's Open Source Edition (OSE) through its VAR partners. Zimbra has already been acquired by Telligent, VMWare and Yahoo. The buy follows the news earlier this week that Verint acquired Telligent (Zimbra Social) from Zimbra.
08.01.15. Microsoft opens Office for Android tablets to all. Microsoft launched mobile Office for Android preview back in November last year. And now it has opened up the preview for anyone, making Word, Excel and Power Point available directly in the Google Play Store. There are still a few stipulations, though: You’ll need an ARM-powered tablet with a screen size between 7 and 10.1 inches and be running Android KitKat or Lollipop. Most modern tablets then should be fine, and if you have one, you can test out Microsoft’s touch-optimized productivity suite.
20.11.14. Microsoft adds Video service to Office 365. Microsoft is now offering Office 365 Video - the new feature for posting, sharing and discovering video content. Think of it as a YouTube for Enterprise. Use cases include video sharing for customer service, video as an inter-team collaboration tool and video for improving sales and training. Where Office 365 is deployed, video will be made available across the enterprise at no additional cost to current users. Powered by Azure Media Services, Office 365 Video offers adaptive smooth streaming technology that optimizes video playback for the device it’s being viewed on. It will make it available to most Office 365 plans for enterprise early next year.
05.11.14. Microsoft Office integrates with Dropbox. Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership that will see Dropbox better support Microsoft’s Office suite. The deal has four main parts: Quickly editing Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app; accessing Dropbox docs from Office apps; sharing Dropbox links of Office apps; and the creation of first-party Dropbox apps for Microsoft’s mobile offerings. No you can add your Dropbox account to Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint mobile apps, navigate folders and files on Dropbox to view and edit in the native Office apps. In return, Dropbox will encourage its users to turn to Microsoft Office applications to edit and create their documents in the first place. Microsoft has another alliance with Box to ease co-existence of Office 365 and Box cloud storage and file sync software.
28.10.14. Office 365 gets unlimited OneDrive storage.. As of today, Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers are getting the storage boost. Business customers will get unlimited storage will get unlimited storage also soon. In the meantime, they have 1 TB of storage per user. OneDrive works much like Google Drive, allowing you to access content on all of your devices, plus share it and collaborate on documents. Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and other cloud-storage utilities, though, have limited storage capabilities. If you meet a limit, you have to buy more. Bitcasa, one of the few platforms to offer unlimited storage, actually ceased that operation last week, giving Microsoft a big advantage in regards to storage.
09.09.14. How artificial intelligence in Office 365 works?. Back in spring this year, Microsoft started to implement artificial intelligence in Office 365. The project codenamed Oslo was designed to automatically organize information for an employee basing of his relations with colleagues and documents. Today, Microsoft presented the main components of this artificial intelligence and makes them available for Enterprise version subscribers. So the main components are: Office Graph (virtual network built on the links between people and documents) and Office Delve (intelligent search engine, that finds and displays the appropriate information in context). For example, when you view an event in the calendar, it will show you people involved in this event, documents, emails and social posts, related to this event.
14.07.14. Microsoft lowers Office 365 pricing for small business. On October 1, 2014, Microsoft will release three new Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses: Office 365 Business Essentials ($5/user/month), Office 365 Business ($8.25/user/month) and Office 365 Business Premium ($12.5/user/month). This new lineup will replace our current plans for SMBs over time – Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business. The cheapest option includes only cloud office products, but not desktop versions of the Office. The middle version provides full Office apps on all your devices including your PC, Mac, iPad and smartphone and includes 1TB of cloud storage. And the Premium version will provide improved features and additional services like Yammer and Active Directory support. Microsoft is also raising the max number of employees from 25 to 300.
17.04.14. Microsoft adds Office to Google's store, launches 7$/month version. It seems that the new Microsoft boss Satya Nadella doesnэt feel natural hate towards Google like his predecessor. At least Microsoft's Office Online is now available in the Chrome Web Store. While not so long ago Microsoft urged users to avoid Google Chrome, because it's stealing their data for advertising purposes (watch the video above). By the way, according to rumors, this anti-google advertising campaign "Don't get Scroggled" is already frozen. The second news - Microsoft has launched Office 365 personal subscription plan that costs $7/month or $70/year. It allows you to install the full-fledged MS office on one computer, install the complete mobile Office on one tablet and unlimited use of Office on smartphones and in browser. Prior to that, the cheapest option of Office 365 was $100/year (for 5 users / computers).
28.03.14. Microsoft launches Office for iPad. Makes Office for iPhone and Android free. Looks like thing are changing in Microsoft after the coming of Satya Nadella. Before him Microsoft management believed that people using Android and iOS - is a temporary misunderstanding. They hoped that in the future all people will return to Windows and will be happy. But the new boss said today that "our customers are already using a number of compute platforms, giving Microsoft zero option". After that he presented the long-awaited Office для iPad. The bad news is that if you want to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iPad - you need to subscribe to Office 365 (which costs from $6.99/month). The same thing was with iPhone/Android before. But today, another miracle happened and Office for iPhone/Android has became free. I.e. now you can for free edit documents from cloud storage OneDrive on your smartphone. So maybe the iPad version also will become free soon. By the way, it already provides a free option to view documents and show PowerPoint presentations.
04.03.14. Office 365 gets some social-intelligence features. Microsoft today unveiled major update to its online office suite Office 365, adding some new social tools with a smell of artificial intelligence. First, the office is now watching you: with whom you communicate via email, chat and voice communications (via Lync), to whom you share documents. And basing on this data it creates for you "groups" (like in the picture above . Then these groups appear in Outlook and Yammer social network and you'll be able to intelligently filter mail and discussions by group/topic. Another intelligent page is now showing the documents that Artificial Intelligence Office considers most relevant to you #rightnow. So if you come to work sleepy and it's difficult for you to understand what you are doing here - open this page and everything will become clear. Here is this page:
2013. Web Office Apps add normal real-time co-authoring. Microsoft's online document editors Office Web Apps (available in SkyDrive and Office 365) already provided collaborative editing for some time. But it worked in the old-fashioned way: you had to press the Save button - and only then your colleagues saw the changes you made. Now this feature will become modern: you'll be able to see who is currently working on a document and see what collaborators are doing. And the Save button is gone, now the changes are saved automatically. So now it works just like in Google Docs. But this does not mean that Microsoft's online editors are lagging behind Google's. Regarding the document formatting, Office Web Apps does the better job, especially after today's update. In particular, the Word Web App added page headers and footers, ability to find and replace words and phrases, table styles and formatting and the Excel Web App added status bar and the ability to drag and drop cells and reorder sheets.
2013. Microsoft launched Office for Android. And you can download and install it FREE on your phone with one condition. What condition ...? Right! You must have the paid Office 365 subscription (which starts at $100/year). The same story was with the Office for iPhone and Outlook for iPhone. Don't want to pay for Office 365? Then buy Windows Phone, where Office is really available for free. That is the new policy of Microsoft. And everything is even worse in case with tablets. The new mobile Office doesn't work either on iPad or on Android-tablets. Because Microsoft still can't sell the own Surface tablets. As for the Office for Android itself, it's quite good app for editing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, that runs on Android 4.0 and higher. SkyDrive is used as the default place to save documents.
2013. Office 365 adds Business Intelligence tools. While Apple makes its first steps with online office suites and learns how to draw simple diagrams, Microsoft has built business intelligence tools - Power BI - into its Office 365. This is quite useful thing, and not only for big companies but also for small business. It allows you to sort, group and organize large datasets, visualize them and create beautiful reports that will be updated when the data source is updated (data source is an Excel table). For example, you have a large table of orders loaded from your accounting system. With Power BI you can turn this large and unclear table into small and useful tables, for example: customers by industry, customers by city, sales by month, top customers by profit, etc. These little pieces of information will help you to understand who is your target audience and where your business is heading.
2013. VMware sold out Zimbra and SlideRocket. Probably, Aaron Levy was right. With the development of SaaS API technologies it's no longer profitable to buy all enterprise software from one vendor (and for vendors it's not profitable to build full enterprise stacks). For the last couple of years VMWare was trying to build (or rather buy) the own stack of enterprise software, and now it sells it out to focus on what they really do well - virtualization systems. In March VMWare sold online presentation service SlideRocket to ClearSlide (which specializes in sales apps) and today it sold Zimbra Collaboration Suite to the developer of enterprise community-building solutions - Telligent. Recall, WMWare bought Zimbra from Yahoo! in 2010. The video above shows how VMWare was inspired by Zimbra few months ago.