Collaboration Suite 3.2 Beta 2 Highlights

Today we released 3.2 Beta 2 for your testing pleasure. Rather than try to pick out a few *hot* items I’ve reproduced the highlights document that is included with the release.

The following are some of the new feature highlights coming in ZCS 3.2 (* indicates that the feature is available in the Network Edition only).


• Zimbra “Documents”. ZCS 3.2 includes a new application called “Documents”. The Documents application enables users to create, organize, and share rich web documents, including the ability to embed images, spreadsheets, and other rich content objects via the ALE (AJAX Linking and Embedding) specification. External documents can also be uploaded, and each Documents repository can be organized in Wiki-style format, enabling intelligent linking and navigation.

Key Benefit: Provides a repository for sharing files and content across teams and groups, with the added benefit of enabling users to create, edit, and view rich and complex documents using only a web browser.

• Shared Address Books. In ZCS 3.2, the “Contacts” application has been renamed to “Address Book”. Users can create multiple Address Books in a mailbox, assign contacts to specific Address Books, and share each Address Book independently. Recipients of shared Address Books can view them in the Address Book application, and look up the associated shared contacts when composing messages.

Key Benefit: Enables greater flexibility in how contacts are managed, and the ability to share contacts across teams and groups.

• Share with Distribution Lists. Users can now share ZCS items with distribution lists.

Key Benefit: Enables efficient broad-scale sharing of Address Books, Calendars, and Documents folders.

• Themes. The ZCS end user UI now includes multiple themes, enabling administrators and end users to customize the UI for their specific preferences.

Key Benefit: Enables flexibility in the ZCS end user UI, which can be used for branding or other personal preferences.

• Keyboard Navigation. The ZCS web client now includes keyboard mappings for all core user functions in the Mail application.

Key Benefit: Provides improved user flexibility and productivity via keyboard shortcuts for actions that previously required mouse clicks/movements.

• Zimbra Assistant. The Zimbra Assistant is an optional popup dialog that enables users to quickly interact with mail, calendar, contacts, Zimlets, and other elements of the ZCS via quick shortcut commands.

Key Benefit: Provides improved user flexibility and productivity via quick command shortcuts that do not change the underlying application context.

• Auto-complete from GAL. The “auto-complete” functionality present when composing messages, creating calendar appointments, choosing share recipients, and other name choosing scenarios can now auto-complete from the “Global Address
List” (GAL), as opposed to only auto-completing from the user’s personal contacts.

Key Benefit: Greatly expands the scope of auto-complete, enabling faster and more productive name selection.


• PST Calendar Migration. The ZCS Import Wizard for Outlook now includes the ability to import calendar data from Outlook PSTs to the ZCS server.

Key Benefit: Provides an additional mechanism to migrate calendar data from existing Outlook environments.

• Outlook Delegated Access*. Users can now create sharing properties for mail, calendar, and contacts folders via Outlook, and can view/manage shared folders via Outlook. In addition, sharing properties are synced between Outlook and the ZCS server, enabling users to use either Outlook or the ZCS web client to create and view shared folders, with appropriate permissions in either location.

Key Benefit: Enables Outlook users to create, view, and manage shared items, using sharing properties that operate interchangeably with the Zimbra web client.

• Outlook Sync Progress Bar*. Outlook users now see a sync progress bar indicating the status of each sync that takes place between the Outlook local data store and the ZCS server.

Key Benefit: Enhances Outlook user productivity by providing real-time status of each Outlook sync process.


• Mail sync (beta)*. Zimbra Mobile now provides native two-way synchronization of mail for the Treo 650, Treo 700w, and other Windows Mobile 5 devices.

Key Benefit: Enables users of popular mobile devices to use a single synchronization profile/process for mail, calendar, and contacts (calendar sync and contacts sync are existing Zimbra Mobile features).


• IMAP/POP Proxy. The ZCS now includes native integration with Perdition, an open source, fully-featured proxy server for IMAP/POP traffic (SSL or non-SSL).

Key Benefit: Enables more efficient scaling and server load distribution for deployments with large numbers of IMAP/POP users.

• Improved Management of Large Numbers of Domains. The ZCS Admin UI now includes the ability to search for domains, page through lists of domains, and auto-filter domain lists based on real-time matches to entered keystrokes.

Key Benefit: Enables more efficient administration in environments with large numbers of domains.

• Improved Distribution List Management. The ZCS Admin UI now includes a “Member Of” tab in the account maintenance module that shows which DLs the user is a member of directly or indirectly (i.e. via another DL). The new view also includes the ability to search for DLs and quickly add/remove the user from DLs.

Key Benefit: Enables more efficient management of user/DL relationships.

• Virtual Hosting. Administrators can now input “virtual host” names in association with each domain, meaning that any user logging into one of the “virtual host” URLs will by default be associated with the corresponding domain.

Key Benefit: Enables a virtualized login experience by allowing login domains to be different from email domains.

• Exchange® Calendar Migration. The ZCS Migration Wizard for Exchange now includes the ability to migrate calendar data from Exchange to the ZCS server.

Key Benefit: Provides a mechanism to migrate calendar data from existing Exchange environments.

• ZCS Open Source Edition on FC 5. The ZCS 3.2 Open Source Edition will be available on Fedora Core 5.

Key Benefit: Provides additional server platform flexibility for ZCS administrators.

• ZCS Network Edition on SUSE ES 9*. The ZCS 3.2 Network Edition will be available on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.

Key Benefit: Provides additional server platform flexibility for ZCS administrators.

• ZCS Network Edition* and Open Source Edition on 64-bit RHEL4. The ZCS 3.2 Network and Open Source Editions will be available for 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4 systems.

Key Benefit: Enables administrators to run the ZCS on 64-bit systems.

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