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mxHero: Showcasing the Benefits of an Open Platform & Bringing Custom Innovation to Email

By | June 12, 2012
A big advantage of Zimbra is its extensibility and interoperability. By providing an email solution that is both robust and extensible, Zimbra is open to the community to build enhancements to its core functionality and bring new, custom features to Zimbra users. One of the best examples of a value added solution comes from mxHero Inc, which has tightly integrated their open-source email enhancement platform with Zimbra, bringing innovative functionality through a continuously growing catalogue of plugins. Among the 23 plugins currently available: Hero Attach: Send emails of any size to anyone. For example, send a 200Mb photo album. Auto Signature:… Read more »

Smartsheet Adoption On the Rise – Check It Out

By | November 11, 2011
Our partners at Smartsheet just passed their one year anniversary of launching an integration with VMware Zimbra.  And looking back, we’ve seen a strong increase in Zimbra users embracing the online project management and collaboration app.  In fact, Smartsheet continues to be a favorite, now ranking as a “Top 5 Most Popular App” in the Zimbra Zimlet Gallery. Smartsheet now claims more than 100 joint customers with Zimbra! For Zimbra users, Smartsheet serves as the perfect union between spreadsheets, project tools and file sharing. While most work projects take shape as a spreadsheet, they break down when you need to get others involved. There’s no way to easily track versions, much less associate notes, share files, set reminders and so forth. Smartsheet allows Zimbra users to keep the spreadsheet layout you like (and already know how to use) and gain the additional automation you need.… Read more »

New SugarCRM Extension in Zimbra Gallery

By | January 11, 2011
Zimbra partner Irontec of Spain recently posted a new Zimlet integration for SugarCRM in the Zimbra Gallery called "zSugar".  This is allows end users to attach email correspondences to an Account, Contact, Opportunity or Project. Feel free to try it out and provide your feedback, the Irontec team has deployed this with several customers already and plans on releasing an RC candidate shortly.  (Note the screen capture on the right is Spanish, but the UI is localized in English and Catalan as well). For those less familiar with the category of CRM <---> email integrations, zSugar is similar to the Salesforce Zimlet currently available for Salesforce.com in the Zimbra Gallery which allows end users to manage their leads and customers more efficiently by not making them log in to the CRM each time records need to be updated.… Read more »

Announcing the General Availability of Zimbra Desktop 2.0

By | October 12, 2010
We are pleased to announce the general availability of Zimbra Desktop 2.0!  This is a major milestone for the Zimbra team and includes significant feature and performance upgrades.  The difference between Desktop 1.0 and 2.0 is enormous thanks to the millions of downloads, thousands of forum posts, and hundreds of bugs posted by Zimbra customers and community members. As most readers of this blog know, Zimbra Desktop is a completely unique client.  It’s the only free, cross-platform tool allowing you to meld your worlds on or offline – storing and syncing your email, calendar, contacts, files and documents in the cloud, yet having them locally accessible when on the road.… Read more »

Zimbra Desktop 2.0 Beta 4 is now available!

By | August 13, 2010
Zimbra Desktop 2.0 Beta 4 has just been released. Zimbra Desktop is a free and open source email client application that gives you on- and off-line access to all your email accounts in one place. Whether you use Zimbra, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra Desktop greatly simplifies your inbox experience. A detailed list of ZD 2.0 enhancements is available at the Zimbra Product Portal. If you are coming from an earlier ZD 2.… Read more »

Using SAML Assertions to Access Zimbra

By | June 1, 2010
A common integration question we hear is how to handle "sign-on" between an external enterprise application and Zimbra? This scenario is when a user has signed-on to an enterprise application (for example, a Customer Relationship Management system) and that application needs to access data stored in the user mailbox hosted on a Zimbra server. To transition from the enterprise application to Zimbra, you could prompt the user to re-enter a username/password but that is not a very seamless experience. To automatically "sign-on" the user as they move between systems requires a trusted third party to "vouch for" or "assert" the user identity. Zimbra includes a proprietary protocol for achieving this assertion, which is referred to as "Preauth".  Preauth works by having a key that is shared between a third party application/system and Zimbra. The third party specifies the userid, a timestamp, optionally an expiration time, and an SHA-1 HMAC value computed over that data using the shared key. The Zimbra server, after successfully validating the HMAC value received in the request, redirects the user to the target Zimbra service.… Read more »