Lotus Sametime 8 Ships

Version 8 of Lotus Sametime, IBM's IM and presence package for in-house corporate use, started shipping on November 29.

From now on, Sametime comes in two flavors. The basic version, Lotus Sametime Entry, is $20 per user (list price). It has a basic set of IM, chat, and presence services.

Lotus Sametime Standard adds a variety of features, of which the most important include VoIP, Web and video conferencing, and XMPP/SIMPLE gateways to public IM services. New features include:

  • Support for Domino 8 servers and VMWare servers
  • Support for more mobile devices, including the Nokia E-series, Sony Ericsson, and Windows Mobile 6
  • Mac video support
  • Integration with MS Office 2007

Sametime Standard lists at $57.75 per user.

Sametime Advanced is a third flavor, due for release in the first quarter of 2008. Main features will be:

  • Persistent chat rooms
  • Real-time community collaboration tools -- send chats, polls, announcements, or "skill tap" questions to all members of the community at once
  • Screen sharing
  • Location Services

For further information, see the IBM press release.

... David Ferris

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