People in the modern workforce expect to be able to access their files and collabo-rate with colleagues anywhere and whenever they like. Cloud services offer ease of use, however, they do not guarantee control over services and data. With LibreOffice Online, Kopano will be able to provide a user-friendly open source soft-ware stack in self-hosted environments thus helping organizations to escape vendor lock-in and keep control over their own data.
“With our collaboration products for messaging, ChatOps, Video Meetings, e-mail and groupware we offer the benefits of cloud software in a self-hosted open source stack. We will contribute to the user experience of LibreOffice Online, integrate it into our own products and bring it to our enterprise customers”, says Brian Joseph, CEO of Kopano.
To achieve this, Kopano joins The Document Foundation as an active member of the projects advisory board.
“Kopano is a welcome addition to the LibreOffice community, as they are extending the reach of LibreOffice in self-hosted Enterprise-environments by integrating LibreOffice Online with their collaboration solution. By becoming a member of the project’s Advisory Board, Kopano will provide experiences and insights necessary to improve the presence of LibreOffice Online”, says Simon Phipps, TDF Board Member.
About The Document Foundation (TDF)
The Document Foundation is the home of LibreOffice, the next evolution of the world’s leading free office suite, and The Document Liberation Project, a community of developers united to free users from vendor lock-in of content by providing powerful tools for the conversion of proprietary file formats to the corresponding ODF format. TDF was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in corporate and volunteer contributors, and will deliver the best free office suite. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core values and contributes to its activities, and warmly welcomes corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community. For more information: http://www.documentfoundation.org.
Kopano is a fork of Zarafa which is a groupware which has made Linux compatible for Outlook. Many former employees of Zarafa now work for Kopano in Delft, Hannover and Plochingen. They develop new apps and integrations, which enable communication that goes further than emails.
The base of the system are any Kopano Core server which can be operated on premise, hybrid or in private cloud setups. Kopano users work with Kopano DeskApp under Windows, macOS or Linux which combines in one single app functions of Microsoft Outlook, videotelephony, chat and much more. Almost all of these functions are also available in the Kopano WebApp in the internet browsers.
Moreover Kopano is the main contributor of Z-Push project which implements the Exchange Active Sync (EAS) in open source. That is how ActiveSync devices like smartphones, tablets or Microsoft Outlook (in version 2013 and higher) are connected to the server. KOE expands Outlook by group-functionalities.
The source code of all components is available underhttps://stash.kopano.io. Customers of Kopano get access to latest packages that have gone through a quality assurance process..
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