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Sametime 8 reports from around the blogosphere

Now that Lotus Sametime 8 has been out a week or two, we're starting to see some feedback coming in from around the blogosphere.

Stu Downes finds that "the Sametime 8 Client which I've been using for a few days now is much quicker than the 7.5.1 client."  I have to say, I never considered the 7.5 or 7.5.1 clients to be slow, but faster is still faster, and I agree with Stu that there is a noticable difference, especially in the startup time and when opening up the chat history viewer (and as I think I've mentioned before, I'm a collector of things like e-mail and chat history - I've got... let me see... wow - over 100 mB worth of chat transcripts representing conversations with over, at last count, 700 or so unique individuals.)

Mitch Cohen really likes the new Sametime Gateway wizard that consolidates what used to be a 35 step process down to three wizard screens (as well as the status dashboard).

Volker Weber notes that we've fixed things with the Mac client that were open with Sametime 7.5.1 (notably the dock and menus), but wishes we would do a better job with consistent font sizes (which I'm looking into - I agree that based on his screenshots, it really does not look the way it should) and with inheriting things like AM/PM preferences. While on the Mac client, it's also been passed along to me by someone else that the change in behavior for the red "close" button on the Mac client was not what was expected - in Sametime 7.5.1 it would minimize the contact list window, but now it is asking if he wants to close Sametime all together when he clicks it.

Chris Whisonant likes the new Network Installer (showing the progress of the download) but as Chris notes, from looking in the Sametime Forum it looks like the change in how to deploy it has caught a few people off guard.

And I can't remember if I've posted this before, but it can't hurt to repeat it - the Lotus Support blog included a link to the Sametime 8.0 Information Center (which I'm posting for my usage as much as anyone else's).

So, what do you think?