New IBM Lotus Connections Software Brings Consumer Social Networking Features to the Office (Sept. 23, 2009) — IBM has released the new Lotus Connections software that includes an enhanced Communities experience with new features and capabilities like micro-blogging from the home into the business environment.

ibm“With Lotus Connections 2.5, we have merged document sharing and social networking capabilities to create a comprehensive collaboration platform for businesses,” said Jeff Schick, vice president of social software, IBM.

Community owners can now customize the appearance of their community and move widgets around on the community home page.

Community owners can add activities, blogs, wikis, and file sharing services to their communities in addition to bookmarks, feeds, and forum capabilities.

The new Wiki service allows designated users to create, view, edit and contribute to content that is uploaded to the intranet-style collaborative Web site.

The Profiles service is enhanced with a micro-blogging 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 latest version of Lotus Connections provides a new, Web-based file sharing library for users to easily upload and securely share content such as presentations and documents.

New integrated mobile support for iPhone and Nokia S60 devices allows access to the Lotus Connections Profiles, Activities and Blog services. Now professionals that travel frequently or work remotely can update their status and locate people in their profiles directly from mobile devices.

Since Lotus Connections is based on industry standards, it offers integration with Microsoft SharePoint. This integration allows users to perform Lotus Connections Profile searches from within Microsoft SharePoint, integrate Lotus Connections Business cards within Microsoft SharePoint and provides access to a Lotus Connections tag cloud Web part for use in Microsoft SharePoint.

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