It used to be where companies, especially enterprise-level ones, would mainly use proprietary email software such as Microsoft Exchange Server.
Such software was useful for email, yet because it was proprietary, it had limited ability in being customizable, easy to use, and affordable.
Yet in recent years, an increasing variety of email software has sprung up whereby proprietary software no longer has a grip on much of the market for email software. Enter open source email software.
Open source email, unlike its proprietary counterpart, has increased capacity for customizing its features, operating from a user-friendly interface, and being more affordable through free or low-priced software licensing via its distributors.
All in all, open source email offers a company the opportunity to enhance its communications productivity, while doing so at a lower cost.
One example of open source email is Zarafa. Zarafa stands out from proprietary and other open source email platforms in that it is the only known platform that combines open, compatible, and enterprise collaboration.
Zarafa offers quite a bit of customization based on integration with Linux operating systems (which also enhances its stability and security), a user-friendly interface akin to Microsoft Outlook, and a lower price than Microsoft Exchange Server. And like many email platforms geared towards business, it comes with collaboration features such as a multiuser calendar and task lists.
Zarafa can provide a Web feel via web access from any mobile device and on all ActiveSync compatible mobile devices and Blackberry. Zarafa may be offered as a a hosted email solution, instead of in-house on one’s own computer servers.
Zarafa is offered through AE Technology Group, which is a Zarafa Certified Partner. A business can try Zarafa before buying it, as Zarafa comes in a free 25-user trial.