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Zimbra Expands Mobile E-mail to Java-Enabled Devices

New ZimbraME J2ME Client and Source Code Access Extends Zimbra to Handsets, from Nokia to RIM, Regardless of Wireless Device

Zimbra announced the availability of its ZimbraME (Java Mobile Edition) client and source code for businesses. Users of any Java-enabled mobile phone will have access to the industry’s most complete collaboration solution. The ZimbraME client provides Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source and Network Edition users worldwide with free access to the Zimbra experience with e-mail and calendar on mass-market Java-enabled mobile phones. This extends Zimbra’s reach of services to the broadest range of devices available in the market and builds on Yahoo!’s e-mail and mobile Web services and as a key starting point for consumers.

“ZimbraME is key to delivering on our strategy and commitment to provide the best experience and widest range of desktop and mobile support of any messaging platform in the market today,” said Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and Yahoo! vice president. “In an increasingly mobile world, a large percentage of people use mass-market handsets and expect to have access to information without needing a smartphone.”

ZimbraME is an over the air downloadable Java-based application for mobile devices that allows ZCS users to access their mail, contacts and calendars. It retains the powerful search capability found in the Zimbra AJAX client.

ZimbraME source code is available to the Zimbra community (www.zimbra.com) for feedback and enhancement, as well as to implement ZimbraME on the devices of their choice. Popular mobile devices supporting ZimbraME include the BlackBerry 8800 and 8820 series; the Motorola RAZR2; Nokia E61 and N73 handsets; the Sony-Ericsson W950i handset; and the Samsung SGH-E900 handset, adding to Zimbra’s longtime support for wireless platforms that includes Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm and iPhone. Additionally, Zimbra supports native sync to BlackBerry handsets via the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

ZimbraME features include:

  • Complete Collaboration: Real-time access to email and calendar functionality;
  • Mobile Web 2.0 Functions: Ability to tag messages, view them as conversations, save searches, and have access to other Web 2.0 features via mobile handsets;
  • Powerful Server-side Search: Access to Zimbra’s flexible, powerful server-side search, including the ability to search an entire inbox regardless of the memory limitations of any device.
“The addition of ZimbraME was instrumental to our choice of ZCS as a platform to support our customer base,” said Tom Riley, CEO, Crossroads Wireless. “ZimbraME will provide our users a Web 2.0-like experience on practically any wireless device, giving them functionality previously only available to them via a smartphone or on their PC.”

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