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Collabsuite Development Moved To Sourceforge


As promised earlier, Collabsuite development has now moved to sourceforge. The project page is:

With this move, Collabsuite becomes an open-source project in the true sense, not just in terms of licence.

Screencasts for Installing, Configuring & Using Synovel Collabsuite


To assist users with installing and configuring Synovel Collabsuite, we have created a few screencasts. The screencasts can be accessed on our YouTube "synovel" channel. They are also mentioned in the setup guide at the relevant places. We will keep uploading new screencasts as and when required.

Collabsuite 2.0.0 Goes Open Source


After many months of development, we are now releasing a new version of Synovel Collabsuite. There are a whole lot of features in this release, the most prominent of them being:

  • Collabsuite is now available as LiveCD for download. This makes deployment of Collabsuite much easier, as the LiveCD ISO just has to be downloaded, burnt to a CD, and can be installed on any system or VM. Added to this, the LiveCD comes preloaded with all the important system administration utilities, and servers pre-installed. This makes installation much faster.
  • A new web based setup tool has been added. With this, users don't need to run the installation process from any script. They can instead perform the initial setup of the Collabsuite using this user friendly web based setup.
  • Calendar Server is now based on SOGo. SOGo offers improved mobile integration (using third-party software), and improved address-book functionality.

Collabsuite 1.4 released


Collabsuite 1.4 is a major version release with improvements to both admin and user end functionality. The major additions are as follows.

Former head of Avaya India to join Synovel's board


Niru Mehta - former MD - Avaya Global Connect, is set to join the board of Synovel. Mr. Mehta has over 29 years of experience in Telecom at Bell Labs and Avaya. He was the CEO for Avaya (A US based $5B revenue leader in communication solutions) in India for over 11 years. He has led Avaya towards unmatched revenue growth during his tenure and established Avaya as a market leader in Unified Communications space. His efforts have won him numerous awards including CEO of the year by Frost & Sullivan.

Mr. Mehta brings in his vast of experience in enterprise communications space and leadership to help propel Synovel towards its mission.

100,000+ downloads of Spicebird

Slowly but surely, the word about Spicebird has caught on and its spreading like wild fire now. The total Spicebird download count (for versions 0.4 and 0.7) crossed a hundred thousand. It stands at 140,780 as on today from alone.

The Spicebird team thanks and congratulates all the developers, localizers, bloggers and the user community who helped Spicebird achieve this remarkable feat. We will continue to improve Spicebird to make it more feature rich and widely acceptable. Thanks for your patronage.

Spicebird Beta 0.7 Released!


Release announcement from :

Spicebird is a collaboration client that provides integrated access to email, contacts, calendaring and instant messaging in a single application. It provides easy access to various web services while retaining all the advantages of a desktop application. The application is based on projects like Thunderbird, Lightning and Telepathy and adds more functionality and integration among its components.

This release of Spicebird adds the following functionality:

10000 downloads & loads of Feedback!

A big thank you to everyone who tried Spicebird. It's been a week and Spicebird Beta 0.4 was downloaded more than 10000 times from

We did get a lot of feedback from the community - criticism, pats and feature requests. We will try our best to incorporate all you suggestions into the next releases (or hopefully in the updates). If you still have something to say, do mail me at

We are working towards making our SVN and the bugzilla available to everyone and keep watching this space for an announcement about it.

Spicebird Beta 0.4 Released!

So, here it is. Spicebird - on its maiden flight. After nearly an year of effort we finally got our act together to release the nascent version of Synovel's free and open source collaboration suite. The released version 0.4 contains well integrated tools of collaboration viz. email, contacts, calendaring and instant messaging.

Spicebird has a long road ahead to become a comprehensive communications suite. We seek contributions from the community towards acheiving this in the form of ideas, suggestions, bug reports and source code.

Get Spicebird!

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