Yahoo getting into Office 2.0 territory?

September 18, 2007

So Yahoo have one of the biggest email services out there on the web and yet they’ve shown no desire to get into the online office productivity realm, that is until now.

Yahoo have announced that they’ve brought Zimbra into the Yahoo fold to allow them to make Yahoo Mail on steroids! They’ve paid $350m for the pleasure of being able to join the race to create the first really viable alternative to Microsoft Office. Obviously Google is a long way ahead but if Yahoo is going to flash the cash they could catch up very quickly.

The way Zimbra offer email, calendering, contacts, document authoring all in a collaborative browser based on and offline experience is going to be an amazing add on to Yahoo Mail. I’d imagine we’d see a corporate/paid for version of this suite too.

So what’s next for Yahoo I wonder? Possible Zoho acquisition?

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