Announcing The General Availability of Zimbra 8

It’s my pleasure to announce that today Zimbra 8 is now available to the public! With the release of Zimbra 8, VMware takes another step forward in providing users and IT organizations with a new way to collaborate in a post-PC world. Based on feedback from our customers, the goals of Zimbra 8 were to invest in unified communications, to deliver on the simplicity of the private and public cloud and to continue to make the user experience easier to access while on the go.  Zimbra 8 was a community effort and the VMware team thanks all of our customers and partners for their input and help over the last 2 years of planning and execution.

New to Zimbra 8.0, VMware has partnered with Cisco and Mitel to offer unified communications capabilities embedded within Zimbra. These deep integration capabilities allow users to connect their voice and message systems in a unified inbox, enabling Click2Call, voicemail, presence, and chat all from within the Zimbra Web app. Zimbra 8.0 features a user interface and the integration options to connect users to their cloud and enables a new way to work in the post-PC era.

Additionally, Zimbra 8.0 offers a software appliance in order to simplify the installation, management and operations of the entire software stack needed to run a collaboration platform.  The appliance is combined with the right level of enterprise IT security controls so that the service can be delivered as a private or public cloud solution.

Finally, for the end user Zimbra 8 is built to address a fundamental shift in the way people work and manage software.  The newest version of Zimbra is designed to make end users more efficient by connecting them with their data. User’s are more mobile and more connected than they have ever been before.  By delivering the Zimbra experience to web, tablet and native clients, VMware is enabling organizations to embrace BYOD and cloud computing.

As part of VMware’s end user strategy, Zimbra 8 is one more option from VMware to help IT move from legacy desktops solutions to centrally managed services in the cloud. Joining the recently announced VMware Horizon Suite and Socialcast, VMware offers compelling product offerings to create a  flexible corporate workspace in the cloud and enable mobile workers to connect from anywhere using any device.

Some of you might of already had the pleasure of experiencing these new and enhanced features through our Zimbra 8 Beta, but for everyone else, feel free to download the Zimbra 8 ApplianceServer, or Open Source today!

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14 Responses to Announcing The General Availability of Zimbra 8

  1. Rick September 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    Was looking forward to this. Thanks for this release.


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  2. Ab Pub September 17, 2012 at 3:34 AM #

    Thanks for the announce, downloading now.

  3. Darwin September 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

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  4. Enrico Weigelt, metux IT service September 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM #

    Unfortunately, the APIs have changed so heavily that we would need to rewrite most of our extensions. Quite unlikely that we’ll upgrade to Z8 anytime soon.

    By the way: will there be any security updates for helix, or do we need to do a fork ?

  5. John October 6, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

    Well I’ve used zimbra before and I can tell you that this is great news you got here

  6. Sudeep October 8, 2012 at 4:39 AM #

    Thanks John Using Zimbra Since a year now ready to gets hads on new zimbra 8

  7. Shamil October 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM #

    Hello…I must say hands down Zimbra is an awesome product in comparison with Exchange. Not only does it has network edition it also it offers open source. In my case I used both network edition and open source. I am very disappointed due to the fact that developers decided to add social media module by default, I find it useless and it’s taking up extra resources out of a server. Why in the world remove internal IM in Admin Console? Fortunately in Zimbra 7 admin can still enable internal IM via command line “”
    I still don’t have a clue on how to enable or install a third party IM on my Zimbra 7 test server without enabling native internal IM. Please any help will be greatly appreciate it

  8. TJ Laher October 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM #

    Hi Shamil,

    Thank you for the feedback! Fortunately, we have an upcoming webinar with Cisco explaining how to integrate 3rd party unified communications, including chat, into Zimbra. Here is a link to the webinar…


  9. Shamil October 20, 2012 at 9:42 PM #

    TJ Laher, Thank you for your prompt reply. I will look forward for an upcoming webinar. So it won’t be integrated it into Zimbra =(. Are there any other open source alternatives for internal IM for Zimbra, except for Cisco? Best regards

  10. Ryan January 19, 2013 at 3:44 AM #

    OpenFire can be installed on the same box as Zimbra.

    Wish Proofpoint encryption could do that…

  11. Naila Vasquez July 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM #

    Hola soy nueva en zimbra v8 y me han dado el trabajo de cambiar la primera pantalla azul, quisiera saber si me pueden ayudar con el codigo o a que carpetas debo ingresar para hacer este cambio.


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