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Clarity - Roadmap Update

I've received several well-meaning and helpful comments of late that make me think it's time for another update on timing and availability along the near-term Sametime roadmap.  And since many of you are probably fairly new to reading this blog (or at least Google Analytics seems to think so), this may be the first time you are seeing this.

I do have one comment to get out of the way up front, though.  At least for right now, there will always be more information that you probably want to hear than I can share.  For example, I would love to be able to give you a definitive date for when the Real-Time Collaboration Gateway will be available, but I can't share that right now.  And it doesn't seem to be IBM practice to share tentative dates, either (as much as I understand how that would be helpful, especially for Business Partners.  And I'm trying to see what we can do about that).  

So, having said that, here's what I can share (and if my friends on IBM's legal team were looking over my shoulder, they'd want me to remind you that all of this is subject to change, not a promise, etc. etc. etc.):

  • Real-Time Collaboration Gateway:  We are looking to ship the Real-Time Collaboration Gateway early this quarter.  I know there are a lot of people looking for this and the public IM connectivity it will bring with it.  We want to get it to you.  It will be here soon.  Really.
  • MSN Interoperability:  I actually don't have anything new to share on this, but am sure I'd get at least a few comments asking about it, so thought it best to say so right up front.
  • Mac Client:  Look for it 1Q 2007
  • Microsoft Office/Outlook Integration:  Look for it 1Q 2007
  • Linux Server:  Look for it 1H 2007
  • Instant Messaging Limited Use:  For those not familiar with it, this is the package of Sametime that provides the IM entitlement for Lotus Notes/Domino users.  At this time we do not have plans to repackage Notes/Domino to include a Sametime 7.5 server instead of a Sametime 7.0 server for this entitlement.  The primary reason for this is that the vast majority of server enhancements with Sametime 7.5 have to do with elements that Notes/Domino users aren't entitled to (e.g., Web Conferencing, Sametime 7.5 client policies).  Note that I said "we don't have plans to" do this, not that we never would.  If you think we're being shortsighted here, please leave a comment or drop me a note - feedback is always welcome.  (And an update to this FAQ should be posted soon so that this is reflected somewhere other than just here in the blogosphere.)
  • Sametime 7.5 enhancements for WebSphere Portal customers: While a Sametime 7.5 server can be used with WebSphere Portal 6.0, the Sametime 7.5 release did not include any enhancements in the embedded IM experience or in the browser IM client.  This is an area we are actively looking into, though, and I'll provide more on this when we have updates to share.
  • Social Networking capabilities  You can certainly expect to hear more from us on this in the coming months, but I don't have specifics I can share right now on when to expect these capabilities in market, or how they will be packaged and made available.  As above, stay tuned.

So, like I said at the top, hopefully this will be helpful in setting expectations for when new features and capabilities will be available, even if in a perfect world you would have hoped to have seen even more details from me.  And if there is anything that I'm missing or you want more details on, ask away, and I'll respond to the best of my abilities to do so.