Zimbra today announced a public release of the Zimbra Collaboration version 8.7 Release Candidate.
We’ve been busy these past few weeks working on testing the private betas, and we like what we have seen so far. This is also the first new major release under Zimbra’s new owner Synacor, so this release is a bit of a bellweather indicator for how Synacor is managing development versus the previous owner Telligent.
What’s In 8.7?
First, bug fixes. Lots and lots of bug fixes (hundreds actually). You see, Synacor actually hosts Zimbra for telcos’ customers and other very large providers and has been doing so since Zimbra version 4.0.6, i.e. for customers who want a stable “it just works” software stack. (We’ve got them beat BTW, we’ve been hosting Zimbra since 4.0.3!) . So, in addition to lots of package updates and security patches, bug fixes figure prominently in this release.
Second, there are lots of usability enhancements in 8.7, some that end users will never see directly. Postscreen for example brings much-needed improvements to Zimbra’s anti-spam system by filtering out spam bots before they even get to talk to Zimbra directly. Click2call zimlets for Cisco and Mitel are back too.
Third, there are a few new features: My favorite addition is two-factor authentication however – a must for most clients employing BYOD and/or who have sensitive data within their email. Zimbra does not include DLP, PCI nor HIPAA compliance natively, but we do that transparently for our clients already.
Should I Upgrade?
Not to the Release Candidate; even Zimbra says not to do that. Hopefully this public RC program – which is also new for Zimbra – will surface any of the small unintended regressions that often accompany a release with this many internal upgrades, bug fixes and new features.
But when the final fit ‘n finish work is completed, 8.7 is definitely looking like a “go-to” release for mission-critical Zimbra users.
If you’d like to know more, feel free to give us a call at (207) 772-5678.
L. Mark Stone
General Manager, Managed and Private/Hybrid Cloud Services
A Division of OTT Communications
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