Microsoft Exchange vs Zimbra

Last updated: October 12, 2019

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Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange Server is the server side of a client–server, collaborative application product developed by Microsoft. Exchange's major features consist of electronic mail, calendaring, contacts and tasks; support for mobile and web-based access to information; and support for data storage.
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Zimbra
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.
Microsoft Exchange vs Zimbra in our news:

2019. Email collaboration software Zimbra added own document editors


Zimbra Network Edition now features integrated feature-rich office productivity suite - Zimbra Docs. It's free and you don't need MS Office license. You can now create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations right in Zimbra. Zimbra Docs supports the most popular document formats (xls, doc, and ppt and more). The apps are called: Zimbra Writer (document editor), Zimbra Calc (spreadsheets), Zimbra Impress (presentations) and Zimbra Briefcase (for converting and sharing files). The heart of the service is Zimbra Docs server that must be installed on one or more dedicated nodes running RHEL 7 / CentOS 7, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Besides own built-in office, Zimbra features LibreOffice integration, that is also free.


2018. Microsoft released Exchange 2019, but no way to deploy it



Microsoft has released a new version of its e-mail and collaboration server Exchange 2019. And companies can already download the update, but there is one problem - there is no way to install it. Because it works only on the server operating system Windows Server 2019 which hasn't been released yet. As for the innovations in Exchange 2019, they mainly improve system performance. The new version can use up to 48 processor cores and 256GB of RAM and is optimized for SSD-drives. In general, it is obvious (and the company does not hide this) that Microsoft is developing Exchange with a focus only on large and very large companies. And they want to transfer all small and medium businesses to the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365, which provides the email server as a service.


2015. Synacor acquired Zimbra



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.


2010. Google Apps making Microsoft nervous



Recently, Google released the next anti-microsoft tool - Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange, the plugin which allows you to easily move mail, calendars and contacts from Exchange to Google Apps. Last year they released the utility that syncs Outlook with Google Apps, but now you can import data directly from the Exchange server. Previously, Microsoft just ignored such events, or commented that Google Apps - is just a toy that no serious company will use. But Google's constant pressure is making them nervous. Microsoft recently launched the channel on Youtube, which contains videos explaining why MS Office products are better than Google's. For example, here's the video Exchange vs GMail:


2010. VMware buying Zimbra from Yahoo



What this deal means? For Yahoo - it's the end of the Enterprise game. The company will focuse on its consumer portal and will not interfere with its new strategical partner - Microsoft (because Zimbra - is MS Exchange competitor). For VMWare - this is another huge step to the elite of Cloud Computing market. WMWare is the largest developer of virtualization systems, that are used in public and private cloud platforms. In addition, the company has recently bought Springsource to create its own web platform - an alternative to Google App Engine. The most popular open-source collaboration suite Zimbra will let VMWare to enter the Web-applications market. There’s no word on the sale price yet, but it's probably lower than the $350 million paid by Yahoo in 2006.


2009. Exchange 2010 - unified messaging in the Cloud



Microsoft officially released the new version of its enterprise email server Exchange Server 2010. It's desktop client Outlook 2010 will appear only next year together with other Office 2010 applications. What is the most interesting about Exchange 2010? First, thanks to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (details here), and some new features in the new version, Exchange 2010 is now completely adopted for the cloud deployment. Of course, Hosted Exchange 2007 has been already provided for some years, but the latest version is much more secure, reliable and suitable for administration, when installed on the remote server (or in data-center).


2006. Microsoft Exchange 2007 bets on unified messaging



Today Microsoft has officially announced the new version of its Email collaboration solution Exchange Server 2007. The main concept of the new Exchange version is unified messaging. It means that employees can work with e-mail, voice mail and faxes in a single interface. And thanks to the integration with MS Office Communications Server, text-to-speech and voice recognition technologies now you can dial to your mailbox and listen to the new email-messages. But these features are available only in more expensive edition Exchange Enterprise. In addition, the new Exchange version includes antivirus and antispam protection, tools for backup and data replication (that significantly increase the mailbox size), the new feature Outlook Anywhere, that lets you connect Outlook to the Exchange server via the Internet. Besides, Exchange 2007 only runs on 64-bit architecture .


2005. Zimbra readies open-source business e-mail

Zimbra eleased the messaging and calendaring software  targeted specifically to businesses. Using an open-source business model and a modern development technique known as Ajax, the start-up is looking to unseat entrenched messaging suppliers IBM and Microsoft. The company, which launched its first beta in August, makes its Web-based messaging product available for free with an open-source license. It intends to make money by charging corporate customers a license fee for a more functional "Network" version and a yearly support fee based on the number of mailboxes used. The edition includes features to ease administration, such as simplified backup tools, support for clustered servers and storage tools for managing end-user mailbox accounts.


2003. Exchange Server 2003 becomes more specialized and mobile



Microsoft has released the new version of its e-mail server Exchange Server 2003. Now, this system can be really called "e-mail server", because Microsoft has decided to divide some of its functions between other products. The built-in Exchange messenger has migrated to Microsoft Office Live Communications Server, and the web-conferencing server - to Live Meeting. In addition, Microsoft now recommends to share files not with Exchange, but on the intranet portal Sharepoint (although the Exchange public folders are still included). Thus, Exchange Server will be used just to manage e-mail, contacts, calendars and tasks. From the other hand Exchange Server 2003 got the new functions from the mobile server Microsoft Mobile Information Server and using a mobile the web client Outlook Mobile Access and server-side Exchange ActiveSync (to sync mobile email-client with server) allows users to work with e-mail, calendars and tasks on their mobile devices.


2000. MS Exchange 2000 Server gets inbuilt messenger



Microsoft has released the new version of its collaboration solution Exchange 2000 Server. Unlike its predecessor, which included inbuilt directory service, Exchange 2000 fully relies on the external directory service Windows Active Directory, and because of this, many users may have big problems with this upgrade. Also Exchange 2000 Server includes a built-in messenger Exchange Instant Messaging (which supports any IRC-client) and web-conferencing service Exchange Conferencing (which works with Outlook 2000 and NetMeeting). Another new feature in Exchange 2000 is called Web Store - it's a file system that allows to organize and easy search for unstructured data inside Exchange, like web pages, documents, email messages .