Hierarchical Address Book Release Updated by Zimbra Docs and Other New in Zimbra 8.8.12

    Just the other day, the release of Zimbra Collaboration Suite 8.8.12. Like any minor update, the new version of Zimbra does not contain any revolutionary changes, but it can boast of innovations that can seriously increase the usability of Zimbra in enterprises.


    One of these innovations was the stable release of the Hierarchical Address Book. Recall that users of Zimbra version 8.8.10 and higher could join the Hierarchical Address Book beta test . Now, after six months of testing, the Hierarchical Address Book has been added to the stable version of Zimbra and is available to all users.

    The key difference between the Hierarchical Address Book and the usual Global Address List is that in the Hierarchical Address Book all contacts are presented not in the form of a simple list, but in a structured form based on the organizational structure of the enterprise. The advantages of this approach are obvious: a Zimbra user can quickly and conveniently find the contact he needs, not only by domain, but also by the department in which he works, and by his position. This allows employees to carry out communications faster, which means they will work more efficiently. The main disadvantage of the Hierarchical book of contacts is the need to maintain its relevance. Since personnel shifts in enterprises are not uncommon, the data in the Hierarchical Contact Book can become outdated faster than in the usual Global Address List.

    After enabling the Hierarchical Address Book function on the server, Zimbra users will be able to view and select contacts from the Hierarchical Address Book. In addition, it will appear among users as a source of contacts when choosing message recipients. When you select it, a tree-like organizational structure of the enterprise will open, in which you can select one or more recipients.

    Another major innovation was the improved compatibility of Zimbra Collaboration Suite with the Calendar, Mail, and Contacts applications built into iOS and MacOS X. From now on, they can be automatically configured by directly downloading mobileconfig files. Users can find in the “Connected devices and applications” section of the Zimbra web client settings.

    The new release is codenamed Isaac Newton in honor of the great English physicist.

    Also, starting with version 8.8.12, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite officially supports installation in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system. Support is still in beta testing, so install Zimbra on this version of Ubuntu at your own risk.

    Such a feature demanded by users as Zimbra Docs survived the redesign. From now on, Zimbra Docs demonstrates better performance, and now it is much more convenient to collaborate with documents in it. A more detailed story about the updated Zimbra Docs is waiting in one of our future articles.

    The good news will be the elimination of the bug associated with choosing the default calendar. The feature introduced in Zimbra 8.8.11, as it turned out, did not always work as it should. In particular, when adding a new event, when the user was viewing one of his calendars, which is not used by default, the one that was designated as the default calendar was automatically selected anyway, although in fact it would be logical to automatically select the calendar you are viewing . In the new version of Zimbra, this annoying bug has been fixed.

    In addition to the above, in Zimbra 8.8.12 contains a lot of other innovations and bug fixes. As always, you can download the new version of Zimbra Collaboration Suite on the official Zimbra website .

    For all questions related to the Zextras Suite, you can contact the representative of the company "Zextras" Katerina Triandafilidi by e-mail katerina@zextras.com

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