Lotus debuts Sametime 2.5 upgrade

Lotus Software Group, the IBM Corp. subsidiary formerly known as Lotus Development Corp., released on Sept. 7 Version 2.5 of its instant messaging software and server, Sametime.

Jeremy Dies, real-time offerings manager at Lotus, said the upgrade is the result of customer feedback, specifically regarding 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 are 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 programming interface automatically translates the Sametime chat session to be stored in the database language. However, database developers would have to make allowances for those users in a different environment who are inputting data and making queries into the database.

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