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Google said Tuesday that select Google Apps customers will get preview access to Google Wave in the fall. Google Wave is a service that aims to reinvent e-mail, IM and group conversations into a seamless application.
As we approach the June WWDC event and the expectation that Apple will roll out iPhone OS 3.0 along with some possible new hardware, the rumors of what else may be in the OS update heat up. The latest speculation is that Apple will allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background. Currently, Apple lets you run the iPod music functions in the background, but no 3rd party apps have this capability. The servers side notification support coming in iPhone 3.0 may address the needs for some apps, such as IM apps, but there are still some others that would benefit from running in the background on the iPhone.
One thing that keeps bringing me back to S60 is the number and quality of 3rd party applications available for the platform, ranging from VoIP clients to games and multimedia apps. One of the best instant messaging clients I have tried is Palringo because it allows me to connect with Windows Live Messenger, Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo IM, and more all from a single application. In addition to traditional text IM, you can also quickly send photos and voice messages with Palringo. It is currently available for S60, Windows Mobile, and Java-supported devices and they just announced the availability for BlackBerry devices.
Cisco security maven John Stewart says never mind the OS--Attackers are after the apps, from IM to Office.
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How do we put a human face on B2B communications? Murli Thirumaleof Citrix Systems looks to consumer apps like IM, voice chat andwebinars as a way to establish web presence and give personality tointeractions in the business world.
Yes, readers, it's true -- right alongsidequotes from articles by Reuters, eWeek,CRN, and other news publications,a series of quotes from bloggers about Lotusphere 2006 are being shownon the main screen as we lead up to the start of the closing session (andduring Surjit's presentation as well!): Paul Mooney (from http://www.pmooney.net/blogsphe.nsf/d6plinks/PMOY-6LBL7Q) "There is no architectural shift in moving to the new version.. noneat all. This is progression. There will be no rip and replace toupgrade, and backward comparability will be standard (as it always is). The upcoming Notes clients will be managed centrally, by administrators."Declan Lynch (from http://www.qtzar.com/blogs/qtzar.nsf/d6plinks/DLYH-6LBHJL) "The new Hannover client. At the moment all I can say is WOW. it looksgreat and seems to be pretty fast. this looks like a product thatend users will finally be very very happy to use."Ben Poole (from: http://www.benpoole.com/weblog/200601251302 )"Personally, I have been blown-away by what IBM are doing with Workplace,and more specifically, the managed client technology found therein. I'vebeen following all this stuff since just before version 2.0 came out, andeach leap forward has been a quantum one." Warren Elsmore: (From http://webhost.bewithus.com/hosted/we/blog2.nsf/d6plinks/WELE-6LBJD6) "Sametime connectivity with AIM, ICQ, Apple iChat, Yahoo! IM and GoogleTalk - "This is huge" - oh yesss....... this is very, very huge!No additional cost, and if I understand correctly - it's server side. "Chris Miller: (From: http://www.idonotes.com/IdoNotes/IdoNotes.nsf/dx/01232006114620PMCMI8SJ.htm) "Sessions - packed to overflow and closed capacity. Remindsme of days of old. You had to fight to get in early and have a seat. Rooms went to overflow so you could hear and not see the presenter. It is back! " Richard Schwartz (From: http://smokey.rhs.com/web/blog/PowerOfTheSchwartz.nsf/d6plinks/RSCZ-6LC8QZ) All Notes apps will run in Hannover. All Notes apps will run in Hannover.All Notes apps will run in Hannover. All Notes apps will run inHannover. We get it, but keep repeating. It would be incredibly cool toshow a Notes 1 app running in Hannover. Did you geta pair of those yellow boxing gloves? I know they were tough to comeby -- sold out on Monday! Good news -- you might win some duringthe closing session, or you can bidon this ebay auction!Oh -- and you're about to read/here something else -- for the first time,Lotus is announcing a multi-year commitment to future Lotuspheres. See you here again next year -- January 21 to 25, 2007. "Andwe'll be here for many more Lotuspheres to come." Yes!
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I've been hiding in meeting rooms muchof yesterday and today, talking with the press about this week's announcementsand the state of the market. Yesterday afternoon, I met with threeJapanese journalists for what was one of the best interviews I've donein a long time.These guys were prepared! Theyhad excellent questions which reflected the Japanese cultural tendencyto think long-term and in multiple directions. I don't speak Japanese,but I know a few of the key phrases and intonations of the language. Combinethat with the "Engrish" (romanji character) pronunciation ofmany of the technical words, and I was able to understand most of the questionseven before they had been translated. The eye contact was intense,the laughter reflected in the creases in the corner of the eye, and itall worked despite my constant reminder to myself to say "hai"at appropriate points and never to use the word "no".So what was the question worth blogging? It was, essentially -- four years ago, you announced a J2EE-basedcollaboration strategy. It was a two-lane highway. Today wehear a lot of news about ongoing investment and enhancement in the coreNotes/Domino technologies, and no two-lane highway. What has changedand why?I love this question (and I told theJapanese that I do). The question is asked at user groups, by journalists,by CIOs. It requires a philosophical answer, but is one that I getasked enough that I've honed the philosophy.When Al Zollar stood on that stage fouryears ago and announced collaboration for J2EE, a number of things drovethe decision. The primary two still make perfect sense today. 1) Software is becoming componentized. You can see it in the way IBM and others build solutions today.The new Sametime uses an Eclipse framework, a Codec from someone else,etc. Making components to provide collaborative capabilities is agood idea. 2) J2EE, or alternatively .NET, havebecome the primary languages for application developers. The forecastin 2002 was that by 2005, 80% of all new apps would be written in one orthe other. I don't think it happened that way -- for a variety ofreasons, I think the number is lower. But it is still a fact thata new computer science graduate from unversity is more likely to be focusedon Java or .NET than anything else. And convincing them learn todevelop in Domino Designer is a challenge, because it's "proprietary"to one (albeit incredibly popular) platform.So we had to start getting behind oneof these development platforms, and as IBM, it makes sense that we choseJava. The Workplace Collaboration Services, and many of the Workplace-brandedproducts, reflect this. But a funny thing happened on the way toJ2EE-based collaboration -- market adoption of Notes/Domino continued,and more importantly, existing customers grew their Domino investmentsthrough larger user populations and increasing numbers of applications.The problem with the "two-lanehighway" was that there was an implication you would eventually haveto move to the other lane, and it would take some superhuman feat to doso. There's no ROI in migration, and IBM -- unlike our primary competitor-- just don't believe in it. So instead of following separate andparallel development paths, we started finding ways to integrate the new,Java-based, componentized technologies with the existing Notes/Domino products.This results in several things you saw/heardyesterday -- at the client side, Notes integrates with the Workplace ManagedClient as a plug-in. The next version of Domino will integrate portaltechnologies into the server. They are still Notes and Domino-- running every Notes application that you do today, with no architecturalchanges required. But now we integrate the Activities model intoNotes; we integrate the components into Notes (Sametime 7.5 will providethe IM plug-in for Notes "Hannover"). It becomes the bestof all worlds -- continuing investment and innovation for the productsin use by 61,000 customers today, while adopting for the "nextgen"of Java-based programming. Tools like IBM Workplace Designer helpbridge the two, by providing a Java-based development tool that works likeDomino Designer. In a future version, it will even build rich clientapplications.I have been at Lotus through this entiretransition and journey. And when I see what the development teamhas done to leverage our strengths and heritage, combined with toolingfor the future, it makes me incredibly proud to be a part of all of this. We're doing what's right for customers, not just what's convenientfor us (whehter that be a 64-bit migration or an obsolesence of existingproduct APIs). It takes more work, but the best and the brightestare making it happen. And the best part is, it has made Notes evenmore powerful, and more useful, for the next sixteen years of its lifecycle.
A very long interview with LotusGM Mike Rhodin. If you've been wondering what Mike has been up toin his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot. Hetalks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption,branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and more. A few examples:"I'mcomfortable with the progress we've made with Workplace... You'll see usposition the open standards-based, components-based composition model stuffas the front end to the SOA architecture IBM's bringing to the market.That will start to clarify things for people because it's where interactionand collaboration services meet business process through the SOA framework.When we started talking about Workplace being collaboration in the contextof business process, people thought we'd start to implement business processthings in workplace, and weren't' thinking about it as the front end tothe business process stuff we're doing in another part of Software Group"...Rhodin: Since the day I got toLotus, when I headed up the engineering teams, I made a promise to customersthat I was not going to create a cliff that they had to jump off to getto the next thing. I was going to provide a smooth path forward and guaranteeapplications moving forward and I believe I've delivered on that promiseCRN : So if you were talkingto a traditional Notes/Domino ISV, say Percussion, what do you tell themto do going forward? Stick with Domino? Rhodin: What you'll see unveiledat Lotusphere and in the coming year is how these things will start toconverge. We've been really working hard with our customers to understandwhat seamless evolution means to you. And what we get back is it's choiceand flexibility about when I do what. No forced dates or forced migrations.If your skills are in Domino applications, we'll carry those skills forwardand those assets forward. Scripting will continue to work. New releasesof Domino coming out. ...If people want to keep their skills on DominoDesigner building new apps, we're actually seeing more people buildingthis year than last the previous year people are more comfortable withthe longevity of the platform and no one's come up with a better solutionfor building apps faster than Domino Designer. In order to bridge the skills gap forthose moving toward J2EE technologies, we came out with Workplace Designer,which brought the skills of the Domino developer to a new tool that wouldbe familiar in a couple of hours to build apps except what gets generatedout of the bottom is J2EE components that fit into it without ever havingto write any Java code. CRN : Given the continued confusionaround Workplace/Domino, will you pull back on the Workplace messagingat all? Rhodin: We're going to continueto try to clarify it. The key thing is we believe the whole composite appmodel around workplace is fundamental to how SOAs are going to be builtin the future. What we've focused on all along is positioning he portaland workplace stuff as the interaction surfaces for SOA. That's alwaysbeen the design point Various analysts have written some prettynutty stuff. I can't believe we were in the same meetings. They keep tryingto spin it back into "This is just a new definition of e-mail, newdefinition of instant messaging." My point is, no. Those things becomeservices. They're commodities. No matter how you look at them, it's whatyou do with them that becomes interesting. And making those componentsavailable as part of this composite application model versus a separatee-mail system or separate IM system is what makes it interesting Just as when Notes came out 15 yearsago, no one knew what groupware or collaboration was. It was the firstset of applications that were built that started to show people the way.We're heading into that phase. Link: CRN:IBM's Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan>
Just as we're learning to guard ourselves against e-mail viruses, hackers have found a new target: instant-messaging apps. How can you protect yourself? Stop using the usual IM clients--for starters.
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