Yahoo on Oct. 28 released a hosted version of its Zimbra eMail and calendar software for educational customers, CNET reports. Zimbra is open-source software, which means anybody can install it for free, but Yahoo also offers Zimbra Hosted as a subscription for which customers pay. The education version has a "substantial discount" in pricing over the regular commercial version, Yahoo said. Ordinary eMail and calendar software such as Microsoft Outlook can be used to connect to Zimbra servers, but Yahoo also offers browser-based tools for using Zimbra. One site using the hosted service is Kansas State University, with 30,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni, said James Lyall, associate vice provost of information technology. Zimbra competes not just with Microsoft’s dominant Exchange server software, but also with the Google Apps service from Yahoo’s top internet rival…

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