Yahoo is strengthening its enterprise collaboration and e-mail capabilities with
the $350 million cash purchase of open source e-mail collaboration startup Zimbra.
It is not clear as to how many of Zimbra’s 100 employees Yahoo will retain, but according to a Q&A posted on Zimbra’s site, Zimbra’s co-founder
and CEO, Satish Dharmaraj, CTO Scott Dietzen and other key members of the executive management team are
committed to staying.
“At the heart of this merger is the conviction that e-mail is a core
application and Yahoo can continue to expand its leadership to new markets
using Zimbra,” Dharmaraj wrote in a blog
“For Zimbra, it was the opportunity to grow our footprint at an
accelerated pace and the opportunity to provide innovative and new ways to
use Yahoo’s vast SDKs, trusted brand, vast network of users, great
communication applications, core e-mail technology like anti-spam and search
as well as its ad network to bring in innovative combined solutions to
markets that are still left untapped.”
Zimbra emerged out of stealth mode in early 2006 with its flagship product
Zimbra Collaboration Suite 3.0 (ZCS). ZCS melds traditional e-mail messaging with a full online AJAX user interface. The Zimbra
experience calls out beyond the usual messaging experience with Zimlets, which are Web Services mashups that allow ZCS to interact with other data sources, such as Google Maps.
Though Zimbra is available as both an open source and as a commercial
product, it has made significant inroads into the carrier space.