Outlook vs Zimbra

Last updated: May 11, 2020

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Outlook
Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, Exchange public folders, SharePoint lists and meeting schedules.
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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.
Outlook vs Zimbra in our news:

2020. Microsoft Outlook is getting text predictions, 2 years after Gmail



Microsoft's Outlook is getting a new feature that will suggest words and phrases while the message is being composed, allowing users to easily autocomplete emails. The feature will work on both Outlook.com and Outlook on the web. As you compose an email, Outlook will sometimes suggest some text which you can accept by pressing the Tab key or the right arrow key. To ignore the suggestion, just keep typing. Users will also be able to turn off the text predictions by going to Settings – View all Outlook settings – Mail – Compose and reply, and clearing the "Suggest words or phrases as I type" check box under Text predictions.


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.


2019. Microsoft integrated its personal organizer app To-Do with Outlook


Microsoft has released a new version of its Microsoft To-Do personal organizer. It features full customization of color scheme and background, 2-factor authorization, smart recommendations for creating today's task list. Finally, the integration with Outlook is implemented: the Flagged Email list in the app displays flagged messages from Outlook.com. Also, it features integration with project management service Microsoft Planner, voice assistants Alexa and Cortana. At the end of the blog announcement, Microsoft hinted the closure of the Wunderlist service, which was acquired by the company 4 years ago and became the base on which To-Do was built. After that the Wunderlist founder Christian Reber asked Microsoft (via Twitter) to buy it back to make an open-source product.


2017. Outlook.com gets LinkedIn integration



LinkedIn integration within Outlook.com is now going live, allowing email users to view insights, profile pictures, work history and more from within their inbox. This would not be the first time that LinkedIn data found its way into email. Before being bought by Microsoft, LinkedIn itself acquired a smaller company called Rapportive which made a then popular Gmail add-in that integrated social profile data into Gmail’s web app. It later revamped the app to focus more heavily on the LinkedIn integration, and less on connections to other services like Facebook and Twitter. With the new Outlook integration, customers can click on an email contact’s name right in their inbox then view a rich contact card that includes a link to their LinkedIn profile.


2017. Microsoft launched faster and smarter Outlook.com



Microsoft launched a new Outlook.com with better and faster search interface, along with other frills. One of those frills is a conversation-style inbox. The new layout makes it easier to keep track of a longer string of messages and everything that was sent previously. This is a much-needed change for Outlook, which has garnered a reputation for being a stodgy, older email service compared to alternatives. Another addition is Quick Suggestions. This brings up nearby locations of restaurants or bars you type out in your email. So, if you're sending a message to a friend to get drinks after work, the nearest location of that chain will pop up in the email. And Microsoft also wants you to feel like you've got a personalized email account. Users can now mark contacts and folders as favorites to make them easier to find in a search.


2017. Mobile Outlook gets much smarter search



Microsoft unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along with other changes to navigation and conversations. Microsoft Graph is being used to turn Outlook’s search feature into a tool that can surface more than just emails – it will be augmented to include things like contacts, attachments, flight and travel itineraries, package deliveries and more. Search is also becoming a more central part of the experience in the new version of Outlook. When you tap into search it won’t be a blank screen, but will include proactive suggestions of your top contacts and recent files, as well as showcase things happening ‘today,’ like your travel plans – all before you even kick off your search. Plus, when you start typing, the auto-complete suggestions will display names from your most frequently contacted recipients first.


2016. 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.


2016. Mobile Outlook gets built-in meeting scheduler



Mobile Outlook now has a new scheduling assistant that helps you find a time that works for everyone. The feature, which is rolling out today to the iOS version of Outlook’s mobile app, will show your coworkers’ availability so you can quickly pick a date and time when everyone can attend the meeting. To use the new scheduling assistant, you’ll first create an event from the app’s included calendar, then add the coworkers to the People field. You then tap on the date picker, and the app will automatically show you the times that work best, as color-coded suggestions.


2016. Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS and closes Sunrise



In 2015 Microsoft acquired Sunrise, the popular calendar app. Now Microsoft has closed this app and delivered a major update to the calendar features in its Outlook app for iOS. New Outlook's calendar has a design that looks much more like the old Sunrise app than previous versions. The in-app calendar uses colored icons that will look familiar to Sunrise users. The update also added a few new ones with event-specific graphics. Outlook is also much better at handling specific locations for events. It now uses Bing to fill in locations for meetings and appointments and you can open maps and directions directly from calendar entires as well.


2015. Microsoft to replace Sunrise calendar with Outlook



Microsoft will discontinue its multimillion dollar acquisition Sunrise after Outlook fully absorbs all of the calendar's existing features, Microsoft's Outlook chief. Javier Soltero, who joined Microsoft when the company acquired his email app Acompli, which became the basis for the current Outlook app, didn't say when the transition would happen but said Outlook's calendar would be steadily gaining new features during the next few months. It's not totally surprising. Microsoft discontinued another acquired app Acompli when it launched the new Outlook app at the beginning of the year.