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    Default Apple .MAC now me.com powered by Zimbra?

    Apple announced their update to .mac as me.com and mobileme.com

    Apple - MobileMe - A Guided Tour

    It sounds and looks an awful lot like a skinned version of Zimbra to me. As described in the video, it is a drop in replacement for exchange and they can sync to iCal, iPhone via active sync and PC's with outlook 2003/2007. Again just like Zimbra. Coincidence, sure, but why has Apple not released this as a server product? It's unlikely that they would develop this all from scratch.
    The final piece that did it for me was the fact that the iPhone software 2.0 Beta application listed exchange and Zimbra as the only email server options.

    This would probably mean not too much, other than hopefully some cross development opportunities to make Zimbra better. It's also no too hard to believe they could do this given that Yahoo and Comcast deployed this as their hosted email solution.

    If so Cool!! If not who did they use?
    John Turner
    Brandeis University
    Waltham MA

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    I find it very interesting that word about Mac OS X 10.6 Server is reputed to have Address Book syncing and a version of Active Sync for OTA support...

    ...perhaps Apple's putting Zimbra into 10.6 Server?

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    Very interesting. I certainly noticed the overlap in functionality, but I hadn't made the leap to the idea that Apple actually based it on Zimbra, as for the most part that's rather unlike Apple. They have the tendency to reinvent the wheel even when not strictly necessary. But it's certainly possible, although doesn't appear either party so far has decided to draw attention to this if it is truly the case.

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