I've seen a lot of comparison on these forums about converting from Exchange/Outlook to Zimbra/Outlook. I have been experimenting with the OSS version and am impressed by what you are providing for free.
We are currently using the standard postfix/spamassasin/clamav for our mail server and outlook for our clients. We also run squirrelmail for remote use.
With OSS Zimbra we can still use the outlook client same as we do now.
Zimbra Network Edition offers solutions that we desire:
- Server Based Mail stores
- More robust outlook support
- Synced "webmail"
- OTA for mobile devices
HOWEVER, to get access to these "network edition" features, I would have to now pay $28.00 per user/ per year for the same basic functionality I already get for free. I have no problem with paying for Zimbra Mobile features. I would love to see enhanced Outlook functionality available as seperate add-on for the OSS edition.
I know there must be thousands of others in this same situation. I think you stand to lose a lot of potential revenue if you require annual licensing for the basic functionality portion of your package.
I love Zimbra so far, but I have to check out all of the other possibilities and 3rd party apps that can provide Sync and Mobile support before paying annual fees like this.
Several posts from January - February hinted and various Zimbra Internal sync betas for OSS but I can't seem to find anything recent.
Keep up the good work, I hope you can become the Exchange killer Mail Suite, but somehow without the MS-Like License Subscription requirements.