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Yahoo has acquired online collaboration suite Zimbra for $350 million, the two companies announced this afternoon. Yahoo said that it hopes to expand its presence in universities, businesses, and through ISPs with the help of Zimbra’s offerings.

“Zimbra’s tremendous talent and innovative technology will help to extend our core Mail offerings, further strengthening our strong leadership position in this space,” said Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang in a statement. “Additionally, Zimbra’s successful relationships with large ISPs are key as we expand our worldwide partner network and continue to focus on our commitment to being the partner of choice.”

Zimbra currently offers open source e-mail, calendaring, and contact management solutions that can be used both on- and offline, and services small businesses and educational institutions. The company also encourages users to create “Zimlets,” which tie information from other web services into Zimbra’s suite. The Zimlets essentially act as widgets that can be customized and placed around Zimbra’s e-mail or calendar tools so that users can access information quickly and conveniently. The companies believe that Yahoo’s broad reach with its advertising and content network, combined with Zimlets, will make for a nice pairing.

For more information, check out the full article here.

At our company, we love Zimbra! Been using their open source version for coming to 6 months now and I must say, it’s pretty solid and pretty free! Offers Ajax like webmail and one of those nicely designed interface.

Personal thoughts:

Yahoo just recently revamped its online email client based on the code it obtained years ago in purchasing Oddpost. And this Zimbra acquisition looks more likely to take on Google’s enterprise market with it’s Google Apps and so forth. Yahoo is not ahead in search and to the media, is still known primarily as a media company rather than a serious enterprise focused giant. With this acquisition, it will be an interesting move to see how Yahoo can penetrate another segment of the business that is currently dominated by Google.

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Written by gooddealz

September 18, 2007 at 4:45 am

Posted in Opinions

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