Zimbra Expands Support for Apple Products

Zimbra, a Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO) company, and the leader in open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration software, has announced that it has expanded its support for Apple products and technologies, including Safari 3 and CalDAV for Mac OS X Leopard.

“The amazing speed of Safari 3 has blown the Zimbra team away and we are excited to be the first major collaboration platform to support the calendaring standard CalDAV,” said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO and co-founder of Zimbra. “We also wanted to expand our support for the iPhone by adding an optimized mobile web experience on top of our iSync support.”

“Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features, including major enhancements to Safari and iCal,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We’re pleased that Zimbra users can take advantage of the world’s fastest browser with Safari and improved iCal group calendaring with CalDAV in Leopard.”

The Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) fully supports Safari 3, which is the fastest Web browser on any platform and is available for Tiger and Leopard users and is in beta on Windows. ZCS’s rich AJAX interface, including email, calendaring, Zimbra Documents, and customizable mash-ups called Zimlets, takes full advantage of Safari’s optimized AJAX browsing experience.

To meet the advanced calendaring needs of Mac users, Zimbra now supports CalDAV, a key feature for customers using Leopard’s iCal 3 as their calendaring client. Based on a public standard, CalDAV allows users to synchronize and browse free/busy time and recurring appointments easily, both with personal and public calendars.

Additionally, ZCS is now available to iPhone users via the Zimbra Mobile HTML client. The iPhone’s Safari browser enables fast access to the full-featured AJAX interface, and the Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync allows users to sync not only their email but also their address books and calendars to their iPhones.

These enhancements reflect Zimbra’s ongoing commitment to the Mac community, and to providing innovative features for the Mac platform. Zimbra has long supported iSync, which provides a two-way sync between Apple Mail, Address Book, iCal, Microsoft Entourage, and the ZCS server.

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