June 17, 2024

Roundcube, the webmail possibility that incorporates a desktop client-like interface, is becoming a member of forces with Nextcloud.

Nextcloud is a well-liked open supply cloud platform, offering e mail, paperwork, calendar, and storage options. The platform competes with widespread cloud choices from Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

The corporate introduced that Roundcube is becoming a member of it:

We’re thrilled to announce that Roundcube undertaking has discovered a brand new residence with Nextcloud. Turning into a brand new steward for a preferred webmail shopper trusted in extremely regulated industries and amongst security-savvy customers alike, we set sail to foster the expansion and enchancment of the undertaking. This brings a couple of new milestone for world IT decentralization.

Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek touted the merger as a win for open supply, in addition to the 2 platforms and their customers:

“The merger not solely underscores the collective power of the open supply group but additionally highlights our enduring dedication to privateness, safety, and consumer empowerment,” Karlitschek mentioned.

The merger doesn’t imply that Roundcube will probably be absorbed by Nextcloud and disappear as an impartial product, nor does it imply that Roundcube will change Nextcloud Mail:

As a product, Roundcube has a longtime path to success by itself. With alternatives remaining to be explored, a direct merger between Roundcube and Nextcloud is just not deliberate. Neither will Roundcube change Nextcloud Mail or the opposite manner round. The merchandise each have strengths and weaknesses and as open supply merchandise they already do share some underlying libraries and instruments, however stay impartial choices for overlapping however completely different use situations. Nextcloud Mail will evolve as it’s, centered on getting used naturally inside Nextcloud. Roundcube will proceed to serve its energetic and new customers as a stand-alone safe mail shopper.