There were a slew of great new announcements made at the Lotus Collaboration Summit yesterday - Ed has a really good summary on his blog.
In brief, the announcements were:
In a 2+ hour keynote, there was a lot of news. In addition to the Lotus Symphony announcement and the news that a sustained line-of-business advertising campaign for Notes 8 has begun, there was other news:As you may have spotted from the title of this post, plus the mention above, Quickr 8.1 has been announced with shipment expected during 1Q08 (probably around Lotusphere time). More details are contained in the press release:
- Announcement of IBM's Applications on Demand service for Lotus Notes. This is a pay-as-you-go service offering for Notes messaging, which Mike Rhodin indicated is priced between US$5 - $10 per user per month. I've been working with the AoD team as this offer gets going, and found that they have a lot of flexibility around what services to offer and at what price points.
- Announcement of Notes/Domino 8.0.1. I'll post a separate blog entry with the feature list from this announcement, planned for availability in Q1, 2008.
- Announcement of a new Domino Web Access lightweight mode, a very fast and lightweight UI for DWA coming in 8.0.1.
- Announcement of Notes Traveler, a new feature of Domino 8.0.1 to support push mail to Windows Mobile devices at no additional cost. This announcement was in addition to the existing partnerships with RIM, Nokia, Motorola's Good Technology, CommonTime, iAnywhere, and Visto.
- Announcement of Quickr 8.1, a 2008 release including a connector for Notes 8, a connector for Microsoft Outlook, performance and usability improvments, personal file sharing services, and enablers for integration with enterprise content management systems.
- Announcement of a new product, the Quickr Content Integrator, designed to bring content from a variety of IBM and non-IBM content repositories into the Quickr environment with no customization required.
- Announcement of Lotus Forms 3.0, a updated version of the product which includes a zero-footprint web-based filler.
Press releases are now posted on ibm.com, including:
Customer Success and Industry Recognition Fuel Market Adoption of IBM Collaborative Technologies
IBM Unveils Next Generation Collaboration Software Suite
IBM Releases Office Desktop Software at No Charge to Foster Collaboration and Innovation
Extended reach of Lotus Quickr to more users and content sources through Lotus Notes 8 and Microsoft Outlook connectors, additional APIs and Lotus Quickr Content Integrator - New Quickr connectors for Lotus Notes 8 and Microsoft Outlook are currently planned to be available in the first quarter of 2008. They will allow team members to save attachments into team workspaces; replace attachments with shared links; and use the collaborative content services of Lotus Quickr directly in Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook without having to hop between applications. With drag and drop support, the Lotus Quickr connectors for Lotus Notes and Outlook will make it easy to move attachments directly into Quickr folders, enabling users to reduce the size of their mail files, ensure they always have access to the latest document version and get new team members up to speed quickly. New planned Lotus Quickr APIs will allow integration with enterprise content management systems, including IBM FileNet P8 and IBM Content Manager, setting the stage for comprehensive content management coupled with the intuitive user interface and collaborative strength of Lotus Quickr.In addition, Quickr will be available as part of IBM's new Applications On Demand managed service offering.
- Also currently planned for availability in the first quarter of 2008 is Lotus Quickr Content Integrator, a new companion product to Quickr for the mass movement of documents from server to server. -- Administrators can use Lotus Quickr Content Integrator to import content from Lotus Domino Document Manager libraries, Lotus Domino teamrooms, Microsoft Outlook public folders, and Microsoft SharePoint sites into Lotus Quickr services for Domino (NSF repositories). The price for Lotus Quickr Content Integrator will be released at product availability.
All in all, great news surrounding the Quickr product, and all the more reason to talk to IBM or your friendly IBM partner to find out more ASAP.
Lastly, I will be presenting on Quickr at our Lotus Revisited event coming up next week, so will be covering the latest news then. I'd love to see you there!
By: Stuart McIntyre | 4 Comments | On: 19 September 2007 16:33:00 | Tags: quickr collaboration_summit 8.1 announcement