After a long phase of testing and bugfixing, Kolab, the result of the Kroupware project, has finally been announced. Kolab is a groupware solution that offers email, group calendaring, notes and tasks. Kolab Server is available as 1.0, the KDE Kolab Client is provided in an improved 1.0.1 version. Additionally, the Kolab Server can also be used with Microsoft Outlook™. This makes it an ideal tool for migrations to the GNU/Linux platform.
The KDE Kolab Client is based on well-known KDE components such as KMail, KAddressbook, KOrganizer and KPilot and integrates them. One of the most interesting features is the disconnected IMAP mode, which makes the Kolab Client offline capable. All Kolab Client developments are being merged within KDE CVS and scheduled as new features for KDE 3.2 right along with Kontact, official successor of the KDE Kolab Client.
The Kroupware project was started in September 2002 as contract work by the three companies Erfrakon, Intevation and Klarälvdalens Datakonsult and is now being continued by an emerged community on kolab.kde.org. First successes include an initial adoption of the Horde Turba web contact manager and a growing collection of HOWTOs.