Ease of Use is Key in New Zarafa WebApp Release

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Drag & drop of attachments and advanced calendar overview push efficiency.

Zarafa, the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software, today announced that the latest version of its business class enterprise web client, the Zarafa WebApp 1.3 [http://www.zarafa.com/webapp], has been released. Key capabilities, that give prominence to ease of use and efficiency, include the drag & drop of attachments, advanced calendar overview and the handling of connection loss.

Drag & drop of attachments

This new upload capability in WebApp, powered by HTML5, makes the mundane task of uploading files effortless. All users have to do is select one or multiple files on their computer, bring them into the mail compose window and release them onto the message, in the empty attachment box [http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Drag-and-drop.jpg]. Thanks to this seamless interaction between WebApp and the desktop, the user experience is transformed and enriched. People no longer have the feeling that they are using ‘just’ a web application.

Advanced calendar overview

Besides the distinction in various meetings such as business appointments, private appointments or travel time, WebApp 1.3 now displays the corresponding color labels [http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Calendar-labels.jpg] in the calendar overviews as well. It allows users to quickly recognize the type of appointment. The added tooltips [http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Calendaroverview-with-tooltip.png] on calendar items create an efficiency gain as well. Users can immediately see the meeting details such as organizer, attendees, time, location and recurrence, without the need to open the appointment.

Handling of connection loss

Mobile working has become easier for users who frequently switch connections such as 3G and Wi-Fi. Previously, when the internet connection was lost, users had to use the logout button to leave WebApp and authenticate again. In WebApp 1.3 people receive a reconnection message. When WebApp detects the user’s session has expired, the user is notified and redirected back to the login screen.

The 1.3 release comes with some minor changes as well such as a new initial settings screen, the drag & drop of recipients, showing the last selected folders after login and the deletion of suggested contacts. In the Global Address Book it is now possible to search in more fields e.g. department and phone numbers.

The Zarafa WebApp 1.3 can be installed as an additional package from Zarafa Collaboration Platform 7.0.12 en 7.1.0 and higher.

Zarafa will demonstrate the WebApp 1.3 at CeBIT, 5-9 March 2013, in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT visitors can find Zarafa at the Univention shared booth (E16), together with the considerably enlarged Open Source Park, in spacious Hall 6.

Zarafa WebApp 1.3: http://www.zarafa.com/webapp

Demo of WebApp 1.3: http://demo.zarafa.com

Screenshot of drag & drop of attachments: http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Drag-and-drop.jpg

Screenshot of color labels: http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Calendar-labels.jpg

Screenshot of tooltips: http://download.zarafa.com/zarafa/press/screenshots/WebApp-1.3-Calendaroverview-with-tooltip.png

About Zarafa

Zarafa is the leading European provider of open source groupware and collaboration software. The Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP) is an open source groupware suite which enables full collaboration of email, calendaring, contacts and tasks. ZCP is used and well-known as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement.

The HTML-5 powered WebApp and its plug-ins deliver a browser-based, future ready, enterprise collaboration client. It facilitates the new ways of collaboration because users can e.g. easily and quickly start a web meeting (http://www.zarafa.com/content/introduction-spreedweb-meeting-integration). Z-Push (http://z-push.sourceforge.net/soswp/), Zarafa’s ActiveSync implementation, enables enterprises to benefit from the best cross platform mobile compatibility (http://www.zarafa.com/content/mobility) and connect e.g. iOs, Android phones and Windows Mobile smart phones.

The Zarafa Archiver (http://www.zarafa.com/content/zarafa-archiver) allows enterprises to cope with the ever increasing growth of email storage. This product dramatically minimizes the mail store of heavy users by moving old messages to slower and thus cheaper storage.

The company is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands. Zarafa’s offices in Stuttgart and Hannover, Germany and Belo Horizonte, Brazil provide local sales and support to hundreds of partners and thousands of customers worldwide. Zarafa has a large footprint in government and the larger public sector, as well as hospitals, enterprises in retail and other verticals. Although its focus is on Europe, growth is catalyzed by the global ecosystem. One of the keys to our success is the Zarafa community. IT professionals all round the globe help make our software better by providing feedback, support and code contributions.

For more information, visit http://www.zarafa.com and https://community.zarafa.com. Follow Zarafa on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zarafagroupware

Media Contact:


Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager

Tel: +31 (0)15 2517710, M: +31 (0)6 55114984

Email: m.scholtes@zarafa.com

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