Impressive Web App – Zimbra

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An open-source Outlook/Exchange killer. This is the stuff that keeps the Microsoft Office VP up at night.

http://www.zimbra.com/

Wow, open source/free. Business model? Unknown. The UI is ok, but definitely could use a designers touch.

Nice flash demo on their site.

It appears that the system is in Java and is quite feature rich. This makes the project a little disappointing. The system requires a huge 150 meg binary and appears to be large. I would much prefer a PHP app on top of MySQL rather than a huge system. Still, since I don’t know of any PHP apps that come close to giving me GMail style functionality. In the future, when I have some time, I’ll try this out.

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