Zimbra is directly competing with office 365 for share of enterprise email market. A lot of our clients ask us. Why choose Zimbra over Office 365?
Lets see why we as consultants we always suggest Zimbra over Office 365 for any business with more then 10 mailboxes.
Zimbra hands down wins the competition when it comes to pricing. Be it Network on Perm. deployment or hosted solution. There is huge difference in pricing and Zimbra is clear winner. On top of this Zimbra provides Free Open Source Edition that is available as evaluation software. In Office 365, there isn’t a provision of any “free account” and users need to pay a minimum monthly subscription.
Office 365 includes the Microsoft suite of Office applications. Zimbra, in addition to email and calendar also offers a host of features such as file sharing, document management, simplified admin controls and an award-winning, AJAX based user interface. On top of that, Zimbra also offers useful features such as cross platform sync, platform search and email sorting, that Office 365 doesn’t. There is also 3rd party plugins that Zimbra fully supports but they are not available for Office 365
Zimbra is an open source software that means organizations can have more control over email operations as there is always a possibility to customize code to suit diverse business requirements. Office 365, on the other hand is a closed source software as only Microsoft is permitted to perform any changes to the code as and when required.
Platform or Device Support
Zimbra supports android, iOS and all leading web platforms. Office 365 also supports android, iOS and some web platforms but lucking supports for some web browsers.
|Feature Comparison Guide||Zimbra||Office 365|
|Attachments in reply||Y||N|
|Address context in email||Y||N|
|Zip file of messages||Y||N|
|Appointment created from email||Y||N|
|Many message forward||Y||N|
|Email as attachment||Y||N|
|Contact CSV import / export||Y||Import Only|
|Copy and move contacts||Y||N|
|Time zone auto mods||Y||N|
|Declined appointments greyed out||Y||N|
|Small calendar view||Y||N|
|Date hover in small calendar view shows schedule||Y||N|
|Show calendar in iCal format||Y||N|
|Continuous, robust and fast search||Y||N|
|Sharing contacts with internal, external and public users||Y||N|
|Sharing tasks with internal, external and public users||Y||N|
|Cross platform compatibility||Y||N|
Why is Zimbra better than Microsoft, Google
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