I am truly excited by the response to my Zimba vs. Exchange post from a couple weeks back. I would like to thank my readers and especially those who commented for their valued feedback. The response thus far shows that there is definite interest in alternatives to Exchange for e-mail and collaboration needs at various industries and organization types.
I believe is important to be open to competing viewpoints as well, and it is this type of interaction that causes software organizations to sit up and take notice at what they are doing right or wrong and how they can improve to expand their offerings to a wider audience and to improve the customer experience.
That said, I would like to point you to a post here & here co-written by two obvious proponents of Exchange, by the names of Michel de Rooij and Dave Stork. They put forth a rebuttal that can serve as a response (albeit somewhat flawed) to my arguments in favor of Zimbra. The comments on my post, as well as those on their sites, should be reviewed as well, as they provide constructive feedback on the validity of our arguments on both sides of the fence.
I welcome this sort of feedback and look forward to continuing the conversation throughout the Zimbra product life-cycle as well as similar or competing offerings from VMware, Microsoft and their partners.
The fact that I got a response of this magnitude not only shows that there is significant interest in Zimbra, but also that Exchange proponents feel a need to defend their territory proves that Zimbra is on their radar. I think this bodes well for competition in a Microsoft-dominated world! “No publicity is bad publicity”, so they say…
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