Video: Office 365 vs Zimbra
Last updated: September 25, 2018
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). Office 365 free alternatives are Zoho, Google Apps.
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.
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2017 - Microsoft adds 5 new services for SMB to Office 365 Business Premium. Zimbra is in panic
To tie small businesses deeper into the Office 365 ecosystem Microsoft launched (in preview) five new tools for SMB. Microsoft Connections allows its users to create Mailchimp-like email marketing campaigns. Microsoft Listings allows to manage your business listings on Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp and monitor online views and reviews. Microsoft Invoicing helps quickly create professional-looking estimates and invoices, so you get paid quickly. These new tools will be united in the new dashboard Office 365 Business center together with recently unveiled Microsoft Bookings and the Outlook Customer Manager. Besides the app MileIQ which tracks your business-miles on personal car also comes to Office 365 Business Premium. All new services will become available for preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in U.S., U.K. and Canada.
2015 - Synacor acquired Zimbra to compete with Office 365
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.
2013 - Office 365 adds Business Intelligence tools to keep up with Zimbra
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.
Of course, you can visualize these pieces of information into charts or even 3d-graphs on a map. Moreover, these data analytics can be done by anyone (director or marketing specialist), who have no clue how to build database queries. English-speaking users can even build data analytics in natural language - for example, enter "show our sales pipeline".
For now Power BI for Office 365 works in preview-mode. The commercial launch is scheduled for this fall.