Zimbra, creator of collaborative and social software for businesses, has announced that its new Zimbra Community 8.0 will include a freemium version. It will be free for businesses and organizations up to 50 users.
Zinbra’s software is already used by about 3,000 companies worldwide, the company says. Those companies include names like Mozilla and Vodafone. The free version of the software is available to any small business that wants it. But the company is also promoting a 60 day free trial of the paid Standard and Professional editions. The hope is that the free version will entice businesses to start using Zimbra. These companies might then eventually upgrade to one of the paid versions.
The free version includes blogging, forums, Wikis, events sections, polls, file galleries, messaging services, chat, public and private groups, drag and drop page design tools, social media tools and email integration among other features.
But it doesn’t include premium features like custom reports and dashboards.
You can check the Zimbra website to learn more about the differences between the new feemium version of Zimbra and the software’s paid versions.
Businesses where many employees telecommute, or perhaps live in various countries — or half way around the world — might use Zimbra’s freemium or paid services to tie their team together. The software lets a team be in constant contact even over great distances. It also may make it easier for the team to work together, enabling your staff to communicate quickly and easily without lengthy meetings. The company also says the software will keep track of projects, keep up with company news, and much more.
The package, when downloaded, runs on Zimbra’s servers in the cloud. The company assures customers Zimbra will be free of downtime. And you can keep sensitive business information on your Zimbra community. The company claims its security makes customer information on its servers safe.
I think that they are making a wise move by doing this. This will give businesses the chance to try out their services before actually paying for them. If it turns out that their services or software is good, then I don’t see why businesses would not go for the paid version.