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18 June 2010, 15:39

Zarafa unveils new framework

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Zarafa Logo On the second day of its 2010 Summercamp in Brussels, messaging and collaboration specialist Zarafa has announced the launch of a new integration framework. The new groupware integration framework is based on SWIG and allows open source and commercial solutions to integrate with Zarafa's Collaboration Platform, connecting calendars, mail, contacts and tasks to virtually any developer language. The new Python language Messaging API (MAPI) binding provides full MAPI access from Python – documentation is provided.

Zarafa also announcedPDF its new Zarafa Archiver (ZA). The new archiving solution optimises disk space consumption by moving old messages to slower and less expensive storage devices. The company's latest gold partner, catWorkX, also showcased its LDAP Connector at the event. The connector allows clients to use various native fat clients, such as Thunderbird, Mac OS X's and Address, to act as a complete non-MAPI Zarafa Client.

Zarafa is a Linux-based groupware product that offers its own WebAccess web client, IMAP/POP3 access, a CalDAV gateway and native MAPI integration with Outlook. Visually, the WebAccess client is closely based on Outlook 2003 and offers almost all the features found in Outlook Web Access. It can also be used on mobile devices such as iPhone's, BlackBerry's and ActiveSync-based devices. Zarafa is aimed at users who want to use Outlook, but do not wish to pay for Microsoft's Exchange Server.

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