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IBM Lotus Connections Adds Social Networking Features

IBM announced Lotus Connections 2.5, which offers an expanded set of social software tools and capabilities for enterprise collaboration that brings popular features like microblogging from the home into the business environment. New features include enhanced community features such as options to add activities, blogs, wikis, and file-sharing services, as well as improvements to the community user interface that shows statistics on popular discussion topics and user activity. Additional new features include microblogging, message boards on user profiles, web-based file sharing, and support for iPhone and Nokia S60 mobile devices.

The new wiki service allows designated users to create, view, edit, and contribute to content that is uploaded to the intranet-style collaborative website. As many people may be editing a single page, the wiki has automatic versioning and a "show changes" view so that users can easily view the latest versions and edits.

The Profiles service is enhanced with a microblogging feature that allows users to post status updates on tasks they are working on. This enables users within their professional network to see what they are working on and offer comments. A new message board feature offers a place on a user's profile page where colleagues can post messages and comment on status updates. The combination of the message board and microblogging capabilities provides a simple and easy way for people to maintain active connections to their colleagues.

Lotus Connections 2.5 is available now in 25 languages. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/lotus/connections or view a demo at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrxNSUxonjw.

Source: IBM



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