Zimbra is so damn cool is an announcement of the acquistion, from Brad Garlinghouse, writer of the infamous 'Peanut Butter Manifesto
In the "Peanut Butter" memo, Garlinghouse pointed out competing products from Yahoo that cause the vision of the company to be split and unfocused:
We end up with competing (or redundant) initiatives and synergistic opportunities living in the different silos of our company.
• YME vs. Musicmatch
• Flickr vs. Photos
• YMG video vs. Search video
• Deli.cio.us vs. myweb
• Messenger and plug-ins vs. Sidebar and widgets
• Social media vs. 360 and Groups
• Front page vs. YMG
• Global strategy from BU'vs. Global strategy from Int'l
In the announcement of the purchase of Zimbra, Garlinghouse talks of the opportunity to:
...incorporate some of their best-of-breed features (I really like their calendaring) into Yahoo!’s industry-leading communications products.
You know, between that and yesterday's Beta launch of Yahoo Mash, I think Yahoo is moving in the right direction. Now if Mash can replace 360, and incorporate Groups into it (and maybe some of those Zimbra) features, things could get interesting.
I'm already showing Flicker pictures through RSS on my profile page. (PM me if you want an invite - you'll need to provide me with the email address that you want the invitation to go to.)
What do you think?