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 NG (New Generation) Modules
- Zimbra Chat
- Zimbra Drive
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.
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Technical Documentation – **Please read Release Notes, Things to Know, First Steps.
Zimbra Collaboration NG (New Generation) Modules
Zimbra includes four NG modules:
- 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.
One 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
- 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
The 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
The 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 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
* Please note that the ability to share files using Zimbra Drive on the webclient is very limited at the moment (under development). To leverage the full power of file sync and sharing with Zimbra Drive, Zimbra recommends to install the ownCloud or Nextcloud Desktop apps, where the sharing capabilites are at full level.
Zimbra 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!