Dubbed "the communication platform of the future," Zarafa's WebApp lets users connect to groupware resources including calendars and meeting platforms. It has a modular architecture that makes it expandable via plugins (Zarafa invites contributions in this form from the open source community) and is a more mobile-friendly version of Zarafa's heavier-duty Webaccess tool.
In a new version of WebApp released last week, Zarafa introduced several enhancements that the company envisions as the "first tentative steps towards more than just a web application," according to an email. The features include:
- HTML 5-powered drag-and-drop capabilities for uploading files to data stores.
- Interface enhancements for the calendar portion of the app, which now offers color labels to distinguish different types of meetings, as well as tooltips for accessing appointment details by hovering the mouse, rather than clicking to open a new display.
- Smarter handling of network-connection loss, which Zarafa is promoting as a particularly useful feature as users switch between wi-fi and 3G networks.
- Keyboard shortcut support;
- Restoration of soft-deleted items;
- Message-in-message support; and
- Auto-save functionality.
Zarafa's WebApp represents only one such tool out of millions. But the company's focus on feature enhancements that will place the Web app on a par with traditional, non-mobile interfaces reflects a growing trend toward turning mobile apps into more than dumbed-down, overly basic versions of more sophisticated platforms. And that's smart, particularly at a time when more and more users are accessing resources from non-traditional devices.