The last Kolab.org release was at Valentine's day. So according to our release schedule, the next version should be ready in August. In the past months, we have not been very good at keeping you updated about what we are working on. This is going to change now, because we have made good progress and now finally have something to show.
Please keep in mind that what you are going to see is still work in progress. It is not ready and not packaged for you to try out just yet. Think of it as a first sneak preview of what is going to be Kolab.org 3.3. More will follow. Stay tuned and monitor this channel for more updates.
Internally, all address books, calendars, task lists, etc. are folders. So far, we did not hide that fact well from users. When you wanted to show a folder that you were not subscribed to, you had to go through the folder management that listed all folders equally.
Say hi to the new folder management mechanism we came up with! With Kolab's new folder navigation, shared calendars, address books and task lists can be searched and subscribed to directly from within the respective view. The search box allows you to find "folders" that are shared with you. Searches are also expanded to LDAP, so that search results show folders grouped by matching users. When selecting a "folder" from the search results, your selection can be temporary and affect only the current session or permanently if you always want to see that calendar for example.
Some users spread their events over many calendars (one per team for example) and you might not be interested in the distinction they made. So you have the option to show a "virtual user calendar" that represents an aggregated view on "a user's calendar" and that can be subscribed to as well.
When opening the quickview for a "virtual user calendar" (see above), the calendar view displays events from all calendars of that user you have access to. Additionally, it also shows time blocks from anonymized free/busy information where you only know that the user is unavailable during these times.
Together with the new folder navigation, this new feature makes it even more easy to quickly check whether a certain workmate is available for a phone call or lunch.
We hope you enjoyed this quick tour through two of Kolab's new features and are excited for what more is going to come.