DeskApp 0.10 beta is available!

DeskApp 0.10 beta is available!

While it may look and feel like a browser application, the real power is underneath the hood (and in many cases, yet to be unleashed). DeskApp will continue to be developed into a fat-client-like, native application that can run natively on (almost) all platforms! From the beginning, we will support the various Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OSX and provide installer packages.

This first beta release of Zarafa DeskApp is our first step to bring WebApp closer to the desktop.

What will DeskApp evolve into?

DeskApp will grow into the bridge between WebApp and your desktop. In the future we will work on more advanced integration features. Think of integration with your file system (easier access from within the application), mail handler registration (using DeskApp as your default email client), or the ability to create a new mail from a file context menu.

What can I expect from this second beta release?

This beta release improves the basic functionality of DeskApp. We received quite some feedback (thanks!) and used that to determine our priorities for this next release. This version resolves:

  • Printing on all operating systems
  • Accepting Web Meetings calls on all operating systems
  • Properly working copy/paste
  • Enabling right-click menu in mail body and editor
  • Enabling browser spell checker (only US English in this beta)

Are there any known issues?

Yes, there are some known issues. This release is still intended for a tech-savvy audience, comfortable to work with beta software. Three prominent known issues are:

  • The print preview dialog is smaller than usual
  • You will need to recreate your profile after upgrading
  • On Linux, DeskApp is in some cases seen as a Chromium tab
  • On Windows, if you had DeskApp ‘pinned’ to your taskbar, this pin will be removed when upgrading.

For the next release, we will be investigating solutions for these issues. In case you run into any other issue, contact us (see the got feedback section of this announcement)!

Getting the packages

The packages are available on our download server and can be accessed using your portal credentials. A changelog is not provided at this time.

If you had access to an early preview release of DeskApp (through the newsletter, or because you visited us at Zarafa Tour), you can use the packages to upgrade your existing installation of DeskApp to this first official beta release.

Got feedback?

Excellent! We would love to hear what you think of this first version, as well as what you would like to see in future versions of DeskApp. Let us know by emailing [email protected], on the DeskApp forum or through the regular support channels.

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Bob Huisman
Bob Huisman


  1. Manfred Klass says:

    Deskapp 10 beta. Missing on first view:
    Open Attachment (only Save attachment is available)
    “preview attachment” not really neccessary because hardly readable
    cannot find switch for “disable spelling” (english is not really useful if you type german)

    I think, you know these deficis well, so this information maybe just for the record

    • Bob Huisman Bob Huisman says:

      Hi Manfred,

      Thank you for your comments and feedback!

      It is true that you can only save and preview your attachments at this time. When we take further steps with the integration with the Desktop OS we will be looking at features like that as well. The size/readability of the attachment previewer depends on the version. The ‘old’ version that came with WebApp 2.1 can sometimes have limited readability on some window sizes. We released a new version (see here) that will be included in the 2.2 release, but this new version is also compatible with the 2.1.x versions!

      This second beta of DeskApp only contains the English language packs. We are aiming to add more language packs in the final release. You can circumvent this now by installing and enabling the spell checker plugin in WebApp, together with one of the German language packs, which adds a button to perform a spellcheck. Enabling this plugin will automatically disable the built-in spellchecker.

      Kind regards,

      Bob Huisman

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