IBM has announced that Lotus Sametime Standard 8 and a new product, Lotus Sametime Entry, will be available the week of December 3 to ‘help improve the unified communication and collaboration experience’ for users.
IBM Lotus Sametime Entry software is designed for businesses looking for an alternative to public instant messaging services or costly proprietary offerings. IBM said small-to-medium-sized businesses will benefit from the encrypted and authenticated business-ready instant messaging of Lotus Sametime Entry that it said is easy to install and has lower list price than full IM suites.
Additionally, the Sametime Entry offering supports multiple server and client operating systems and does not lock an organization into a single proprietary operating system or directory, nor does it typically require desktop or server upgrades.
Lotus Sametime Entry software is also designed to integrate with business applications such as Microsoft Office or email through Microsoft Outlook. Through this integration, organizations will be able to presence-enable email inboxes and applications to let users see who is available to collaborate and start a chat instantly regardless of what they are working on.
IBM said the presence-awareness features in Lotus Sametime Entry software will enable users to customize their status or use default options such as away, in a meeting, or do not disturb.