SugarCRM, a provider of commercial open source CRM software, has released a new version of Sugar 6. The new version includes a new user interface that promises speed, simplicity, and interoperability with other web applications and mobile devices. The company also announced it has made the primary source code repository for Sugar Community Edition publicly accessible.
Sugar 6 includes the Sugar Shortcut Bar, which is a persistent toolbar throughout the application that allows users to perform common tasks from the toolbar, including creating an account, contact, sales opportunity, document, note, task or logging a meeting or call. Included in the Shortcut Bar, users will also see a context-aware Global Search field which filters search results based on the module in use (e.g., Contacts, Opportunities and Accounts) and produces results without leaving the page.
The application has also received a bit a facelift, with a new, sleek look and easier navigation. In addition to the new user interface, Sugar 6 also includes native application support for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Smartphones and even the iPad.
SugarCRM, which faces competition from Salesforce, Zoho and other companies that develop CRM products, had a bit of a shakeup last year when CEO John Roberts abruptly resigned last May. But with over 600,000 subscribers of the company’s products, and nearly $50 million in funding, SugarCRM seems to be doing just fine.