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A look at Lotus Sametime 7.5

Lotus Sametime 7.5 includes over 150 new features, a new instant messaging GUI and a redesigned Web conferencing interface. Using slides, screenshots, a video demo and detailed tutorials, this collection of resources will introduce you to the collaboration capabilities of Lotus Sametime 7.5 and teach you how to build Sametime plug-ins using the Eclipse framework.
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IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5: Innovations in real-time collaboration
Straight from the horse's mouth, this IBM Lotus' PowerPoint presentation, provides several interesting screenshots and a solid overview of the new instant messaging and audio/video integration capabilities available in Lotus Sametime 7.5.
Lotus Sametime 7.5 demo
Watch this five-minute video demo from IBM Lotus to get a better idea of the real-world applicability of Sametime 7.5's new features. It's worth getting past the robotic, stiff-sounding narrating voice to see some of the cooler new collaboration features in action, including location awareness, a unified contact search interface, saved chat transcripts, drag-and-drop screen captures and real-time file transfers.
Extending Lotus Sametime 7.5: Building plug-ins for Sametime
Get detailed instructions on how to build Sametime plug-ins. This IBM Redbook begins by explaining how to install the Eclipse development environment, and then provides numerous plug-in examples, including how to integrate with a back-end system, retrieve information, and then manipulate the data presentation within the context of a Sametime window.
Extending the Sametime 7.5 client with an LDAP directory lookup plug-in
Using Eclipse, learn how to extend the Lotus Sametime 7.5 Connect client and build an LDAP directory plug-in to retrieve contact information from a directory service.
7 tips in 7 minutes: Developing Eclipse plug-ins
While not specific to Lotus Sametime, this collection of seven tips, excerpted from the book Eclipse: Building Commercial Quality Plug-ins, will teach you the basic programming concepts you need to understand to successfully develop an Eclipse plug-in for any application.
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Lotus Sametime 7.5 interoperates with AIM and Google Talk
This eWEEK article outlines Lotus Sametime 7.5's ability to interoperate with public instant messaging networks like AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger. It also discusses IBM Lotus' support for the XMPP standard for interoperability and how that translates into better chat capabilities, VOIP and Web conferencing functionality.
Announcing IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5.1
Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 is on schedule to be released early Q2 of 2007. This IBM Lotus fact sheet and flyer highlight some of the new features to expect. Look for more telephony and video integration capabilities, interoperability with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office, Linux server support, and expanded client options to support Macintosh environments.

This was first published in April 2007

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