Review: Zimbra Desktop aims to take your online life offline

Sync your e-mail, calendar, contacts, and social media accounts for offline reading with Zimbra Desktop for Mac.

Zimbra Desktop for Mac presents itself as an offline reader for online content, aiming to keep your e-mail, calendar, contacts, and social media accounts centralized in one app. Even though functional, the app suffers from buggy performance and an unattractive interface.

Installation was accomplished by a .PKG installer script and was pretty quick, given the downloaded file's large size. Setting up Zimbra Desktop for Mac was also rather painless. Though it suffers from an uninspired design, the app's interface is nevertheless very intuitive. We chose to sync our Gmail account with this app--a small matter of entering our username and password--though any IMAP or Exchange account is supported. We opted to sync our calendar and contacts at the same time. While our Gmail was syncing with Google, we also attempted to sync our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Setting up the Twitter account was easy, but nothing in our feed showed up in the app's reader. The attempt to sync Facebook launched our Web browser and brought us to a page that displayed a 404 - File not Found error. Everything in Gmail worked smoothly, though, and when we took our test machine off the network, we verified that we were still able to see everything in our Inbox and Sent Mailbox.

Zimbra Desktop for Mac's ability to sync and take your e-mail messages offline makes it a very useful tool for anyone who relies on e-mail, and if the developers can work out the bugs with the social networking sites, the app could become indispensable for a lot of users.

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