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Read Sun's Take on "Open AJAX"– Tim Bray Speaks Out IBM is leading, but apparently not controlling, a bold initiative known as "Open AJAX" that brings this open-source application development approach to the forefront of the worldwide i-technology industry. The Open AJAX initiative does not have a centralized structure or website, but is rather an idea that is being formally backed by BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra. A spokesperson for one of the major backers said that Google will also be backing this initiative. Exclusive SYS-CON.TV Interviews on "Open AJAX" Announcement IBM's David Boloker Announcing Open AJAX Oracle Exec Ted Farrell Outlines Oracle Open AJAX Strategy Sun's Dan Roberts Discusses Java Studio Creator 2, Open AJAX Laszlo S... (more)

Yahoo Reportedly Puts Zimbra Up For Sale

Yahoo has evidently been rummaging through its closet looking for stuff it can sell off, especially now that it’s decided it’s a consumer company and will put $100 million into promoting that image starting Tuesday. Anyway, that business construction reportedly means it doesn’t need Zimbra and its online, cross-platform Collaboration Suite, the open source-cum-commercial e-mail-shared calendar-instant messaging-and-document authoring widgetry it paid $350 million for it almost exactly two years ago. It’s been peddling the thing around, according to Boomtown’s Kara Swisher, the Yahoo familiar. Yahoo’s reportedly not harboring any delusions that it’ll get anywhere near what it paid for the thing. Swisher thinks it could go to rival Google or maybe Comcast, a Zimbra client, or maybe a private equity firm, maybe even Redpoint Ventures, one of Zimbra’s original investors... (more)

Whatever Will Microsoft Do with Zimbra?

Some of the most scared people inside Yahoo right now have got to be the open source Zimbra crowd that Yahoo acquired last September for $350 million for its Microsoft-opposing enterprise-directed e-mail and calendaring, folks who just released their webby AJAX-based Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 5.0 this week - and intend to give it a browser-based document-creating and -sharing Zimbra Desktop, called the "world's first offline-capable Web 2.0 collaborative experience." Somehow we suspect Microsoft may not think e-mail is "broken" like Zimbra, a partner of Red Hat, does, but if Microsoft does acquires Yahoo and you hear a crunch, you can imagine Zimbra's back breaking. Well, it's an integration challenge at any rate. ZCS 5.0, which runs on Linux and Mac and is supposed to be an open source Exchange alternative, supports Outlook 2007, the Blackberry Enterprise Server, J... (more)

Zimbra Named a Finalist for the 'Next Big Thing' at Enterprise 2006

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimbra, the leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging software is one of just five finalists for the "Next Big Thing" at the prestigious Enterprise 2006 conference sponsored by Sand Hill Group, a leading technology investment and consulting firm. "The Web has evolved into the new collaboration platform, from wikis to tagging, to RSS, there is a shifting paradigm for information-sharing," said Satish Dharmaraj, co-founder and CEO of Zimbra "By offering an innovative, open source alternative to existing collaboration platforms, Zimbra has taken advantage of the changes on the Web and has seen tremendous growth as a result." Since releasing the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) a year ago, Zimbra has developed strong ties with the open source community and consistently seeks feedback from its community... (more)

Zimbra's Scott Dietzen Welcomes Open AJAX

Zimbra was recently named as one of the original members of the Open AJAX coalition that is being headed by IBM. One of the ideas behind this group of companies is that many of them will bring their own particular flavor or "personality" to the show. Zimbra President and CTO outlines, in an exclusive SYS-CON.TV interview, just what Zimbra's Open AJAX personality will be. The full interview can be accessed directly through www.sys-con.tv. ... (more)

Bill Scott: Real-World AJAX Was a Blast

In his "Looks Good Works Well" blog, Bill Scott had an entry on Friday, March 15, 2006, summarizing his impressions of the "Real-World Ajax" conference, which took place on Monday, March 13, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. Mentioning several highlights of the day, Scott writes "he especially enjoyed Christophe Conrate from Adobe, David Heienemeir Hansson's Rails talk, Kevin Hakman of Tibco, and Scott Dietzen, CTO of Zimbra." Bil Scott's blog entry can be read here. ... (more)

Will "Mobile AJAX" Dominate Web 2.0?

In this article, which focuses on the impact of Ajax on mobile application development only (i.e. he does not discuss Ajax in general), SOA Web Services Edge speaker Ajit Jaokar contends that - since his e-mail, calendar and other applications are on the web, and he can store all my documents on the web, all he needs is a browser. "One client to rule them all! Thus, today I would use a ‘browser-only PC’," he adds. Earlier this year, I published an article called AJAX for Mobile Devices Will Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006. It created quite a stir .. and I am thankful for all the feedback. Specifically, I would like to thank C Enrique Oritiz , Thomas Landspurg , Paul Golding and Jan Standal (Opera) for their feedback. Special thanks go to Paul Golding for brainstorming some of the ideas in this article with me. I did not intend to write a follo... (more)

Ajax Technology Pioneer Zimbra Launches On-Demand Partner Program

Zimbra announced that its flagship Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) is now available on-demand through a worldwide partner program for Hosted Service Providers (HSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Through Hosted Zimbra, small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and other companies that prefer not to host their own collaboration servers have access to the benefits of ZCS including online and offline support for Microsoft Outlook, Zimbra's rich Web 2.0 user interface, advanced calendaring capabilities, powerful search features and modern collaboration tools such as RSS. "From day one, we designed ZCS to meet the needs of customers and partners who wanted it as a hosted service, and in the past few months we've had hundreds of potential partners contact us about providing hosted Zimbra to their customers," said Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra CEO and co-founder. "Today... (more)

AJAX Pioneer Zimbra Named 'Cool Vendor for Web 2.0' by Gartner Research

Zimbra has been named one of Gartner, Inc.'s "Cool Vendors for Web 2.0, 2006" in a March 14, 2006 research report by Rita E. Knox, Whit Andrews, Tom Austin, Nikos Drakos, David Mitchell Smith, Ray Valdes and Matthew W. Cain of Gartner, Inc. Zimbra, noted in the report by Matthew W. Cain as, "in many ways, [representing] the future of e-mail" was cited as being particularly relevant for, "people interested in the evolution of e-mail services, particularly those with curiosity about how Web 2.0 concepts can impact established technology, and those looking to create more efficiencies in the in-box via application integration." "Gartner works closely with the largest companies in the world and we are honored that Gartner has chosen us," said Scott Dietzen, Zimbra's CTO. "Zimbra has leveraged the open source community, along with our team of engineers, to fundamentally ... (more)

Open-Source Zimbra Adds New AJAX Web Applications

Open-source vendor Zimbra has been a notable pioneer in the open-source movement over the past year. Company co-founder and CEO Satish Dharmaraj (left) was interviewed by SYS-CON.TV  about the company at LinuxWorld 2005 just as it was getting started. This ground-breaking interview was followed up recenlty by company CTO Scott Dietzen (below left), who recently outlined the company's current vision at the recent Real-World AJAX Seminar in New York, produced by SYS-CON Events, and also provided an exclusive interview to SYS-CON.TV. Now, Zimbra co-founder and VP of Engineering Ross Dargahi has also weighed in about the company's new product development. "Recently I had to write a document which required the inclusion of some images, a chart, and a few drawings in the text - something that modern word processors allow you to simply and readily do," writes Zimbra CTO Ross... (more)

IBM's Open AJAX Expands with Adobe Flex, Backbase, Many Others

OpenAjax, a loosely organized initiative being driven primarily by IBM, has announced 13 new members. The new members include Adobe, Backbase, Fair Isaac, ICEsoft, Innoopract, Intel, JackBe, Opera, SAP, Scalix, Software AG, TIBCO and XML11. (The OpenAjax "collaboration," as it's called, was announced in February 2006. Original members, in addition to IBM, include BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo!, Zend and Zimbra.) The stated mission of OpenAjax is to "expand AJAX adoption and evolve tools and runtimes that will significantly reduce the development costs and skills required to incorporate AJAX Technology into Web Applications." Some executives from the original membership confided to SYS-CON that the iniative was put together quickly without much ... (more)