Yes, I did misunderstand your comment. Open source software is very helpful to it's users, unlike the other company. I could go on, but I think I'd be preaching to the choir here.
Thanks for the lead. Have to research whether or not it really works, knowing MS.
BTW, I'm very impressed so far with this forum. It's very alive and it's members are very helpful. My appreciation to all of you.
They're wanting to install Exchange 2007 for what it's worth.
I think it's up to me to try to convince them to keep (and update) what they have, if possible. If not, I guess I'll learn something new.
Thanks for all your help and if anyone has a link to someplace that compares zimbra with exchange (favorably), hopefully with some bullet points of features that zimbra has, or can do, that exchange doesn't, it would be helpful as that's where I'm headed next.
It would be a bad decision to move to Exchange 2007 at this point for a fresh start. They really need to look at Exchage 2010. The database structure in 07 changed and you are looking at older technology. It is like upgrade Zimbra but not upgrading it all the way.
However, I totally understand.. To me, it does not matter if they chose Exchange or Zimbra. If they do not want to update their messaging environment, both solution will fail.. The other option is to push everything to the cloud (either Zimbra or Exchange) and have a 3rd party be responsible for updating the environment. It kinda forces their hand.
I would tend to agree with Witchdoctor, if they have let their mail system get so far out of maintenance that it hasn't been upgraded in over 2 years they should really be looking at a cloud based solution where upgrading and maintenance is not their concern.
However if they have some business reason for having onsite email then you might want to try installing the latest Zimbra in a VM and demoing the web interface's features alongside an Exchange web interface. As far as the user is concerned the only difference between Zimbra (NE) and Exchange is how they interact with it, and most of the time that would be through Outlook. If they are using the web interface however the Zimbra one is far superior from what I have seen of the Exchange one.
If you can't convince them to stay with Zimbra and get a recent version (a LOT has changed since their version), do at least tell them that going to Exchange 2007 would be a waste of money when 2010 is out ;)