has acquired Zimbra, maker of a Web-based e-mail and collaboration software
that was off to a jackrabbit start, for $350 million in cash and stock.
Zimbra -- which started in 2003 but didn't deliver its Web-based suite until
2006 -- sold some 4 million mailboxes at an average price of between $18 and
$35 per mailbox, per year, in just its first three quarters of operation. This
was significantly less than what Microsoft was offering with its Exchange/Outlook
combination, something that small and medium-sized companies and universities
were eagerly awaiting. It looked like Zimbra was about to put a scare into Microsoft.
This isn't to say that Yahoo can still accomplish that. As part of the deal,
Zimbra will continue to sell its products separately and, according to Satish
Dharmaraj, Zimbra's co-founder and CEO, will be able to sell them to a significantly
greater number of people around the world.
According to market researcher comScore, Yahoo remains the top Web-based e-mail
provider, attracting 181 million visitors just last month.
Posted by Ed Scannell on 09/20/2007 at 1:23 PM
Organizations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Configuration Manager will be getting a 10GB download next week that will kick off Microsoft's Windows 11 version 22H2 Unified Update Platform (UUP) servicing scheme for those premises-based management tools, Microsoft warned on Monday.
Microsoft this week announced that Azure Firewall Basic is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.
Microsoft this week announced Semantic Kernel, a new open source framework on GitHub at the early preview stage that aims to help developers tap artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models in their applications.
Often overlooked, it's a powerful tool that can make your life a lot easier. Especially now that Microsoft has updated its functionality.
Microsoft on Thursday offered assurances to IT pros that security and privacy issues will be respected with coming Microsoft 365 Copilot artificial intelligence (AI)-based enhancements.
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