What’s New? Zimbra Collaboration 8.8!

We are proud to announce the release of Zimbra 8.8.

There are many new features in Zimbra 8.8, and they are detailed below. Here is a menu if you prefer to jump to specific features:

Introduction to Zimbra Collaboration 8.8

Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 is an exciting release. Some features are only available in the Network Edition version, but several are also available in the Open Source version. Some features are excellent additions for end users, and some features are time-saving enhancements for administrators. All combined, these features offer a superior Zimbra experience: easier, faster, stronger, safer, smarter.

Here you can find a comparison between the previous Zimbra Releases and Zimbra Collaboration 8.8:

Great news with 8.8 …

  • No price increase!
  • New & improved features:
    • Zimbra Chat & Zimbra Drive
    • Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM)
    • Mobile ActiveSync
    • Delegated Admin
    • Realtime Backup & Restore

8.8 best for …

  • New Zimbra customers
  • Current customers migrating to new server(s)
  • Current customers upgrading a single-server deployment
  • Current customers upgrading multiple servers simultaneously

Technical Documentation – **Please read Release Notes, Things to Know, First Steps.

Zimbra Collaboration NG (New Generation) Modules

Zimbra includes four NG modules:

  • Backup
  • Mobile
  • HSM
  • Delegated Admin

The NG modules are all new and provide significant enhancements and new features to Zimbra users and customers. A comparison between Zimbra version 8.8 and 8.7 or earlier is included for each module, so you can easily compare versions.


8.8 BackupOne of the standout features in the Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 Network Edition is the new Backup module. The new Backup module offers a real-time backup of every transaction performed at the mailbox level, so in addition to backing up each email, Zimbra now backs up calendar appointments, tags, preferences and so on.

Another great new feature of the Backup module is the option to recover backups in a completely different environment of Zimbra or even a different operating system. Now, for example, you can perform a Zimbra backup on Ubuntu 16.04 and restore it on Red Hat Enterprise 7.

Comparison of Backup on ZCS 8.8 vs. ZCS 8.7 or earlier

Mobile / ActiveSync

mobile activesyncZimbra Collaboration 8.8 also includes important updates for ActiveSync:

  • Device compatibility has improved.
  • Information presented to the Administrator has been improved.
  • All connected devices have been grouped in a single view in the Admin Console.
  • Dedicated logging is now available for all ActiveSync activities.

However, the greatest novelty of this new version is the ability to synchronize all your shared items in Zimbra! Customers have been requesting this functionality for years, and it’s here.

Comparison of Mobile / ActiveSync on ZCS 8.8 vs. ZCS 8.7 or earlier


HSM graphicThe new HSM module includes some highly anticipated news. You can now move data automatically to S3-compatible storage such as Amazon S3. For example, you can set a default policy to move messages 30 days or older to Amazon S3. You can also create multiple HSM policies to move other data as needed.

Another feature of Zimbra 8.8’s HSM module is the ability to migrate elements from one volume to another without any problems, such as moving elements when a volume is close to being filled.

Comparison of HSM on ZCS 8.8 vs. ZCS 8.7 or earlier

Delegated Admin

Admin blog graphicThe new Delegated Admin module in Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 provides more granular control of delegated administration and greatly simplifies the task of creating new delegated admins. There is also new activity logging of delegated admin operations and a monthly report of all activities performed by delegated admins.

Comparison of Delegated Administration on ZCS 8.8 vs. ZCS 8.7 or earlier

Zimbra Chat

Zimbra Chat blog graphicZimbra Chat is the new peer-to-peer chat available in all versions of Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 – at no additional cost. Zimbra will provide Technical Support and solve bugs on this product.

Here is a link to instructions on how to configure Zimbra Chat on an XMPP compatible Client, such as Audium.

Zimbra Drive


Zimbra Drive is another end user feature included in all versions of Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 – at no additional charge. Zimbra Drive provides enterprise-level file storage and synchronization.

Zimbra Drive is based on a Zimlet and a server extension that automatically connect and authenticate with ownCloud or Nextcloud. Your users can make use of all the features these products offer, including syncing files from mobile and desktop apps.

Comparison with Zimbra Drive in 8.8 and Zimbra Briefcase in 8.7 and earlier

briefcase-whats-new-88Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 is a complete product, loaded with innovations! The new modules will improve the day-to-day productivity of end users and admins, while providing even better performance and security for your infrastructure. This is Zimbra NOW– and the future’s so bright!



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13 Responses to What’s New? Zimbra Collaboration 8.8!

  1. Tomas S. December 13, 2017 at 9:47 AM #


    can you use OpenStack Swift instead of Amazon S3?


    • Jorge de la Cruz December 13, 2017 at 9:17 PM #

      Hello Tomas S,
      Let me get back to you with a proper answer to it. Best regards.

  2. Tomas P. December 13, 2017 at 4:19 PM #

    does 8.8 GA include the new UI?

    • Jorge de la Cruz December 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

      Thank you for asking about Zimbra’s Universal UI project. The Universal UI beta phase is now completing–we got great input during that process. Please look for an update from us about Universal UI in January 2018. Thank you!

  3. Wong Boon Hong December 14, 2017 at 5:49 AM #

    So I can backup and restore accounts between two Zimbra servers running difference version of Zimbra? Must both be at least version 8.8 or one of them will do?

  4. Marc Gadsdon December 14, 2017 at 10:58 AM #

    Congratulations Jorge – to you all at Zimbra and the wider team. I know how hard you have worked on this release. 2018 is going to be a great year!

  5. Manuel December 18, 2017 at 9:22 AM #

    Hi Jorge, good job.
    I am wondering if zimbra community backup / replication options are the same or if we have more options to make a backup with zimbra tools without stopping services.

    Until now as far as I know, people using zimbra community uses volume snapshots, to make hot backups, or rsync like tools to sync in two phases.

    But all the great options for backup are only for the network version…

    • Jorge de la Cruz December 18, 2017 at 2:04 PM #

      Hello Manuel,
      Thank you for your comment! At the moment the best option for Community users is to take a look at Zimbra Suite Plus, which includes Backup Plus, or if you are worried about Backup just buy Backup Plus and OSe Support. Here you might find more information about prices – https://shop.zimbra.com/

      Any other unsupported script you might find on forums or GitHub, they will keep working as usual, but as you know they are not supported.

      Thank you for letting us know your feedback!

  6. bellaaj ali May 8, 2018 at 10:49 AM #


    The Zimbra NG modules (Backup, Mobile, HSM, Delegated Admin) are only for the Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 Network Edition?

    Can you please specify to me, what’s news between Zimbra 7.2 and Zimbra 8.8?

    Thank you

    • Gayle Billat October 26, 2018 at 10:19 PM #

      Hello – yes, the foundation code for the NG modules was introduced in Zimbra 8.8, which is why they NG modules do not work with earlier versions of Zimbra. Thanks!


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