Touch Client Feature for Zimbra Collaboration 8.5, 8.6 and 8.7
The Touch Client is a Network Edition feature that enables a new web client interface for a mobile device. It uses the Sencha Touch Mobile HTML5 Framework optimized for the canvas of a smartphone or tablet device.
How it works
When a client first connects to a mail server via a web browser, the server attempts to detect the client type. The options here are Advanced [Ajax], Standard [HTML], Mobile, and Touch. If the mobile device passes the test to use Touch vs Mobile, the client will login to the Touch interface vs. the mobile one. If the mobile device fails, then it will use the Mobile one. The end user also has the option to over ride this "Default". This is by explicitly stating what option they would like to use.
Quick overview of the different Web Client
The Web Clients are surfaced by the Jetty Server, inside the Zimbra WEB-APPS Jetty hierarchy. This can be found:
zimbra@zimbra-sn-u14-10:~$ ls -la jetty/webapps/zimbra/ total 88 drwxrwxr-x 19 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 . drwxrwxr-x 6 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 .. drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 META-INF drwxrwxr-x 6 zimbra zimbra 4096 May 13 12:04 WEB-INF drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 css drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:57 downloads <-- This is the Downloads Folder drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 h <-- This is the HTML Client drwxrwxr-x 13 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 help <-- This is the End-User Help Folder drwxrwxr-x 32 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 img drwxrwxr-x 5 zimbra zimbra 12288 Dec 8 14:52 js drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 m <-- This is the Mobile Client drwxrwxr-x 3 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 portals drwxrwxr-x 7 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:59 public drwxrwxr-x 2 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 qunit -r--r--r-- 1 zimbra zimbra 93 Dec 8 09:08 robots.txt drwxrwxr-x 23 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 skins drwxrwxr-x 5 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 t <-- This is the Touch Client drwxrwxr-x 4 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 tdebug drwxrwxr-x 14 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 templates drwxrwxr-x 5 zimbra zimbra 4096 Dec 8 14:52 yui
The HTML Client
A simple HTML Web Client with almost all the Features is currently available for support of old Web Browsers. This is useful for users with the AJAX Web Client disabled by default. The URL is https://FQDN/zimbra/h Please note the /h for HTML.
The Mobile Client
The default Mobile Web Client for devices that does not support the HTML5 new Touch Client, or for users without the Network Edition, or with the Touch Client disabled by default. The URL is https://FQDN/zimbra/m
The Touch Client
A new Web Client based on the Sencha Touch Mobile HTML5 Framework optimized for the canvas of smartphones or tablet devices. The URL is https://FQDN/zimbra/t
How to enable it
Touch Client Requires A License Key
To see if your Zimbra server has the Touch Client enabled, you can check from the CLI. If you want this feature and currently do not have it as a part of your license, please contact your regional sales manager, so you can get a new license issued, with the feature enabled. - Please note the related bugs posted below.
zmlicense -p | egrep -i 'touch' TouchClientsAccountsLimit=10000
If you need to install the new license, you should do the following after installing the license to get the Touch Client working: $ zmprov fc license
Or a full Zimbra Collaboration restart :
Enable it in the Admin Console
If you have the updated license and it is activated. The Touch Client Feature can be enabled at the COS or account level via the Admin Console:
Testing the Features of the Touch Client
The Touch Client is still under development, and will come with more features in the future. For now you can use the following features:
- View your Inbox, and all the Folders that you have, with all the content inside them.
- View your Contacts, and all the Address Books that you have, including content.
- View your Calendar, and all the Calendars that you have, including content.
But also you have the features related to Shared Items:
- View all the Delegated Folders that you have, with all the content inside them.
- View all the Shared Address Books that you have, including content.
- View all the Shared Calendar that you have, including content.
Identified Support Issues
- License page in admin console doesn't show EWS or Touch licenses
- Cos/User Features should be disabled if it requires a license key for it and it's currently not available with installed license