Zimbra 8 includes many enhancements for end users and administrators, including an improved end-user experience and integration with unified communications solutions.

The browser-based experience has been enhanced with a streamlined user interface that provides a natural-conversation view, support for rich compose and for cut and paste, sophisticated calendaring, and a dedicated search tab with common and easy-to-customize filters. Users can easily manage and search large inboxes of email and voicemail messages and manage multiple calendars, numerous contacts and task lists.

Zimbra also empowers end users through self-service administration, reducing IT administration and support overhead and increasing end-user satisfaction.

IT administrators can easily connect Zimbra to a unified communications solution to provide integrated click-to-call, voicemail, chat and presence for users. Out-of-the-box integration is provided for both Cisco and Mitel, with support for other unified-communications solutions through an open API.

Zimbra appliance further reduces IT administration and maintenance overhead. It provides a single lifecycle management policy for the application stack, which includes security technologies (including firewall and antivirus and antispam filtering), the operating system and the Zimbra application itself—reducing administration time for updating and patching each item in the stack.

Refer to the Zimbra Collaboration Server 8 Network Edition Release Notes for detailed technical information.