Desktop Email software

Updated: December 12, 2019

2018. Zoho Mail gets desktop client



Zoho unveiled Desktop Lite client for Zoho Mail. Its interface is not remodeled exclusively for the desktop but an exact replica of the webmail version for familiarity. However, with the technical advantage of an installed application being locally hosted, this desktop lite client is a bit faster than webmail, which means less loading time while using it. Dedicated badge notifications and desktop notifications will keep you constantly updated on your emails.


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. Email strikes back (on Intranet Portals)



Email was the first collaboration tool in the Intarnet. Then intranet portals emerged, and they wanted to kill Email because of its lacks: instead of sending back and forth messages and documents, they are placed on a portal web-page (for example, in the news, on the forum or file cabinet). But due to the fact that people got used to e-mail and email was also used for external communications - intranet portals failed to replace the Email as a primary workspace. Moreover, recently Email launched the counterattack. And it happened because the major enterprise Email-solutions (GMail, Outlook, Lotus Notes) have become the platforms that allow third-party developers to add new functionality. Most clearly this trend can be noticed in Google moves. Google Wave was partially closed while GMail becomes the central point to access all other office applications. With its various extensions, GMail allows to communicate via video chat, manage documents, collaborate on tasks, plan calendar events, search for content in the online office. Recently a large number of plug-ins, that help Email compete with intranet portals, appeared. For example, Xobni, Gist, Rapportive, Outlook Social Connector. First, they allow you to organize files and documents from email messages into ordered lists - almost like on a portal. And Harmony plug-in perfectly integrates Outlook and Google Docs and lets get rid of the file sending at all. It even allows to edit documents directly in Outlook. Additionally, Email-solutions compete with the intranet portals for the function of corporate social network. Address book becomes a company social graph, and the above mentioned plug-ins create employee social profiles, pulling public data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks. These profiles look much more interesting and more useful than the scanty profiles on intranet portal.


2010. Microsoft adds Facebook and Windows Live Messenger to Outlook



Microsoft has updated its social Outlook plug-in - Outlook Social Connector, which can now can fetch the contact's data from Facebook and Windows Live Messenger (formerly the plug-in by default only supported LinkedIn, MySpace and Sharepoint). The Outlook Social Connector is intended to provide users with the actual information about a contact to better understand his mood and interests, which is very important when communicating with customers. The plug-in can display only publicly-available information from the profiles in social networks. Meanwhile it can only receive data but doesn't allow to post messages or statuses to the social networks. Microsoft says that soon the plug-in will be integrated with some local social networks.


2010. Lotus Notes also becomes social



The world's most popular enterprise Email client, MS Outlook, is already equipped with various Enterprise 2.0 tools. Outlook is already integrated with social networks (Xobni and Outlook Social Connector), Google Apps, Google Docs (Harmony), Remember the Milk, etc. Now, when this place is crowded, the developers switched their attention to the second most popular enterprise Email client - Lotus Notes. Thus, the new plug-in + service Gist makes the same for Lotus Notes as Xobni for Outlook - allows you to see the social profiles of those with whom you communicate. Gist pulls the latest information about a person from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as recent news about his company from blogs and news sites. In addition, the plug-in displays in suitable form all correspondence with selected contact and files sent to/from him. It should be noted that Gist also works with Outlook, GMail, iPhone and may also be accessed as a web service.