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Yahoo Reportedly Puts Zimbra Up For Sale

Kara Swisher thinks it could go to rival Google or maybe Comcast, a Zimbra client

Yahoo has evidently been rummaging through its closet looking for stuff it can sell off, especially now that it’s decided it’s a consumer company and will put $100 million into promoting that image starting Tuesday.

Anyway, that business construction reportedly means it doesn’t need Zimbra and its online, cross-platform Collaboration Suite, the open source-cum-commercial e-mail-shared calendar-instant messaging-and-document authoring widgetry it paid $350 million for it almost exactly two years ago.

It’s been peddling the thing around, according to Boomtown’s Kara Swisher, the Yahoo familiar.

Yahoo’s reportedly not harboring any delusions that it’ll get anywhere near what it paid for the thing.

Swisher thinks it could go to rival Google or maybe Comcast, a Zimbra client, or maybe a private equity firm, maybe even Redpoint Ventures, one of Zimbra’s original investors and now home to Zimbra founder and former CEO Satish Dharmaraj.

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