ZCS 7.2 release - more "removed" than added
Sure, adding SMIME is neat, but it took quite awhile to implement, certainly longer than originally communicated. But reading through the 7.2 release notes, I saw more features being removed than added - and it just doesn't give a (positive) feel for where VMware is taking the product. For example:
- IM server is being removed. I've seen the arguments, but regardless, that is a feature that many have used/still use.
- Posix/Samba extensions being removed, to the zimlet gallery for "support by the community". To be fair, I have not seen much in the way of engagement with the 'community' recently (at least before you would see some wiki articles, announcements, and what seemed like a more public airing in bugzilla). So is this feature - which we use - to die on the vine as soon as ZCS 8 is released?
- ZDesktop is going to be EOL'd in a future release... "The technology choices to provide offline access to Zimbra have expanded since the release of Zimbra Desktop 1.0". Really? What exactly are technology choices? Because for non-Outlook users, Zimbra Desktop actually does a pretty good job.
Updates from Zimbra Product Management
with respect to ZD, see my post over here. http://www.zimbra.com/forums/general...tml#post240444
We're not killing offline, we're making it better based on new technology choices available versus the current ZD architecture. Sorry for the confusion.
7.2.0 is a minor release focused on bugs, so there is not alot of new features. Some very specific features like smartcard and SMIME support targeted towards Federal customers. Right on the heels of 7.2 is Zimbra 8. Zimbra 8 will release this year, and there is a significant number of enhancements as it is a major release.
Included in Zimbra 8 is our 1st party integrations with some UC/IM vendors and an SDK for others to integrated into the modular framework we have built. Our IM server never left beta and we want to put our resources into continuing to make a better mail/calendar product and partner on the solutions that are not part of our core at this point.
Please keep the feedback coming, we do read it and appreciate it...all of it ;)