Yahoo today announced the release of the latest version of Yahoo Zimbra Desktop Beta. The program allows users to access to a simple, centralized place to manage work, school and personal e-mail even when they are not connected to the Internet. Thanks to the internet protocol support called Post Office Protocol (POP) and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), users can access Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail and Gmail even when they are offline.
Further, the new application allows users to utilize the iCal standard to take their calendar offline.
“Zimbra is focused on creating communication and collaboration solutions that ease the pain points of traditional e-mail, and switching between multiple e-mail accounts is one of the communication headaches that users encounter on a daily basis,” said Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and Yahoo vice president. “With Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop, we have taken our world-class collaboration suite and made it available for everyone for use anywhere, anytime, with any email account.”
The new Zimbra Desktop by Yahoo also features Mash-ups that allow users to check their schedule or see the status of a flight by looking at a flight number, while viewing emails. It also lets users to upload, store, and conveniently access any files including spreadsheets, documents, presentations and others through Zimbra Briefcase. Users can also save their attachments with Zimbra Briefcase, and access them from anywhere, online or offline.
The Yahoo Zimbra Tasks also enables users to manage to-do lists easily by monitoring start and due dates, priority, progress and percent complete. Besides, the Zimbra Desktop includes variety of attributes such as powerful search, built-in organization capabilities, advanced calendaring and Zimbra Documents. The Zimbra Documents feature gives users the ability to embed complex objects such as photos into documents and spreadsheets.
Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop Beta Version 3 is available for free download at Zimbra.com/desktop. The Zimbra’s Web client and server, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 Open Source Edition is free too. The commercially supported ZCS 5.0 Network Edition is available for a 60-day free trial from the Zimbra website.