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Ease of use is key in WebApp 1.3

Since the release of WebApp, the Zarafa community has reported many improvements. After the 1.2 release of WebApp, we decided to focus on capabilities that give prominence to efficiency and ease of use.

Let's dive into the most interesting changes we did for the 1.3 release:

Drag & drop of attachments

The new upload capability in WebApp, powered by HTML5, makes the mundane task of uploading files effortless. All users have to do is select one or multiple files on their computer, bring them into the mail compose window and release them onto the message, in the attachment box. Thanks to this seamless interaction between WebApp and the desktop, the user experience is transformed and enriched. People no longer have the feeling that they are using ‘just’ a web application.

Zarafa WebApp

Advanced calendar overview

Besides the distinction in various meetings such as business appointments, private appointments and travel time, WebApp 1.3 now displays the corresponding color labels in the calendar overviews as well. It allows users to quickly recognize the type of appointment.

Zarafa WebApp

The added tooltips on calendar items create an efficiency gain as well. Users can immediately see the meeting details such as organizer, attendees, time, location and recurrence pattern, without the need to open the appointment.

Zarafa WebApp

Handling of connection loss

Mobile working has become easier for users who frequently switch connections such as 3G and Wi-Fi. Previously, when the internet connection was lost, users had to use the logout button to leave WebApp and authenticate again. In WebApp 1.3 people receive a reconnection message to automatically login again. When WebApp detects the user’s session has expired, the user is notified and redirected back to the login screen.

Drag & Drop of recipients

On composing new emails with quite some recipients, users often encounter that recipients must be moved from the TO field to the CC field. The  new drag and drop feature in the recipient fields, now enables users to  move the recipients around the TO, CC and BCC field, without the need to type the names again in the other field.

The 1.3 release comes with some minor changes as well such as a new initial settings screen, showing the last selected folders after login and the deletion of suggested contacts. In the Global Address Book it is now possible to search in more fields e.g. department and phone numbers.

Well, I'd say 'check it out' and share your thoughts with us.



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