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IBM Creates Advanced Real-Time Collaboration Platform Designed for the Speed of Today's Global Business Environment

New Platform Includes New Version of Lotus Sametime, Connectivity With AOL and Yahoo! IM Platforms and Audio and Video Integration

ORLANDO, FL - 23 Jan 2006: IBM today announced an advanced real-time collaboration platform, which includes a set of tools and technologies designed to help customers communicate, share information and conduct business faster, using the collaborative tools that best suit their business need. IBM's new platform includes a new version of IBM® Lotus® Sametime®, new audio and video conferencing integration, and connectivity with some of the leading consumer IM platforms, including AOL, and Yahoo! In addition, IBM and Google intend to connect Lotus Sametime and Google Talk users.

In today's increasingly global economy, the speed of business has increased dramatically, which has made real-time collaboration tools a critical aspect of daily work life. Customers increasingly rely on tools such as instant messaging, web conferencing and other real-time technologies to share knowledge and quickly react to market changes and opportunities. In response to this growing demand, IBM has created a platform that gives customers the flexibility to collaborate using a variety of tools for different work situations and business needs.

"Real Time technology has helped flatten the world by eliminating time and space barriers between people. This has profoundly changed how we all do business. At IBM, we view this as an evolution from real-time tools to 'real-time business' and have introduced a set of new technologies and offerings to help customers keep up and compete at the dizzying speed of today's economic landscape," said Michael Rhodin, general manager of IBM's Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software business. "With new tools, features and functionality, IBM continues to be the top provider of real-time technology for today's real-time business world."

Following are new features in Lotus Sametime, as well as details on new audio and video conferencing integration and interoperability with some of the leading consumer IM platforms:

Introducing Lotus Sametime 7.5
With over 15 million Lotus Sametime users, IBM is poised to expand its leadership in the growing instant messaging market through Lotus Sametime 7.5. This new version includes more than 100 new features and represents a major upgrade in instant messaging and Web conferencing capabilities. New features and functions include:

Public IM Connectivity
IBM today announced that it is working with leaders in the public instant messaging market to help Lotus Sametime users securely connect with public instant messaging communities. As a leader in the development and support of the SIP standard, IBM will be enabling this connectivity through a new SIP-based Real-Time Collaboration Gateway that is currently planned to be available later this year. IBM is embedding this capability in Lotus Sametime, without additional charge to customers.

Working with IBM to enable enterprise-to-public IM connectivity are:

This broad, out-of-the-box connectivity with the industry's leading consumer IM providers extends the business benefits of Lotus Sametime and gives IBM customers a security-rich way to collaborate with millions of public instant messaging users worldwide.

IBM Teams with Industry Leaders for Integrated Audio and Video
IBM is working with leaders in the audio and video industries to help make businesses more agile, responsive, and productive through the seamless integration of audio, video and PC-based collaboration tools. Supporting IBM in this area are a number of industry leaders including Avaya, Nortel, Polycom, Premiere Global Services, Siemens, and Tandberg.

The convergence of leading telephony capabilities with IBM's collaboration solutions will provide customers with "click-to-call" capabilities, enabling businesses to instantly place a telephone call to an instant messaging or email contact while remaining in their inbox or instant messaging client.

The integration of video capabilities enables businesses to embed business quality video into their existing Web conferencing, instant messaging and email infrastructure, helping organizations further enhance communications.

Pricing and availability
Sametime 7.5 is currently expected to be available in mid-2006, and pricing will be announced upon availability. Integrated audio solutions for Lotus Notes and Domino and Lotus Sametime are available now with Avaya and Premiere Global Services, with solutions from other partners are currently expected in 2006.

Contact(s) information

Erica Topolski
IBM Media Relations
(617) 693-2816
Erica_topolski@us.ibm.com

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