Lotus releases Sametime 2.5 upgrade

Lotus Software Group, an IBM subsidiary and formerly known as Lotus Development Corp., has released Version 2.5 of its instant messaging software and server, Sametime.

Jeremy Dies, real-time offerings manager, said the upgrade is the result of customer feedback, specifically the need to use Sametime outside the firewall.

"Sametime 2.5 added new firewall and proxy configurations to make it easier to connect with external collaborators," he said. Directory and presence information is still private and restricted to users given authorization by an administrator, Dies said.

The upgrade also allows developers to save and store chat sessions by default or by user choice to most database systems. Other users can then query the database to get information from those chat sessions. The difference in this version is that an application program interface automatically translates the Sametime chat session to be stored in the database language. There still could be considerations from the database developers, however. They would have to make allowances for users in a different environment inputting data and making queries into the database.

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