Comcast Taps Zimbra, Plaxo For SmartZone
Comcast.net’s online communications center called SmartZone will have applications provided by a number of companies for email, voicemail, and instant messaging.
Several firms are part of today’s announcement aimed at Comcast’s customers. The SmartZone service will be rolled out later in 2007. Zimbra and Plaxo will provide messaging and address book services, respectively.
Users of SmartZone will be able to manage email and voicemail messages, IM with others (including video), and track contacts with a smart address book. A Comcast spokesperson said people will be able to customize their SmartZone portals with news, weather, and video clips.
GigaOM’s Om Malik likened the SmartZone announcement to an attempt to boost Comcast’s page views and opportunities to display richly-profitable advertising to its subscribers:
The sizzling broadband subscriber growth hasn