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IBM Delivers New Lotus Sametime Offerings

New Product Designed for Microsoft Outlook Users and Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

ARMONK, NY - 27 Nov 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Lotus(R) Sametime(R) Standard 8 and a new product, Lotus Sametime Entry, will be available the week of December 3 to help improve the unified communication and collaboration experience for millions of users.

IBM Lotus Sametime Entry software is designed for businesses looking for an alternative to public instant messaging services or costly proprietary offerings. Small to medium-sized businesses will benefit from the encrypted and authenticated business-ready instant messaging of Lotus Sametime Entry that is easy to install and has lower list price than full IM suites. Additionally, the Sametime Entry offering supports multiple server and client operating systems and does not lock an organization into a single proprietary operating system or directory, nor does it typically require desktop or server upgrades.

Lotus Sametime Entry software provides the core real-time collaboration capabilities needed to keep pace with today's business environment. It includes instant messaging capabilities, multi-person chat, presence awareness, spell check, rich text capabilities, emoticon support and contact list management features. Chat history capabilities are also available, enabling users to keep a record of their business-critical discussions.

Lotus Sametime Entry software is also designed to integrate with business applications such as Microsoft® Office or e-mail through Microsoft Outlook. Through this integration, organizations will be able to presence-enable e-mail inboxes and applications letting users see who is available to collaborate and start a chat instantly regardless of what they are working on. The presence awareness features in Lotus Sametime Entry software also allow users to customize their status or use default options such as away, in a meeting or do not disturb.

"For years, IBM Lotus Notes® users have benefited from the core IM capabilities we are now making available to businesses with the Lotus Sametime Entry offering," said Bruce Morse, vice president of unified communications and collaboration, IBM Lotus. "We believe the ease of use, feature set and cost effectiveness of Lotus Sametime Entry will make it attractive for small to medium-sized businesses as well as organizations that use email programs from other vendors."

For businesses looking for a full set of unified communication and collaboration capabilities, IBM offers Lotus Sametime Standard software. The Lotus Sametime Standard offering delivers "out-of-the box" presence awareness, instant messaging, VoIP, Web and video conferencing capabilities, mobile client support, interoperability with public IM networks and a model for custom application plugins.

New features in the Lotus Sametime Standard 8 release include:  

Lotus Sametime Entry and Lotus Sametime Standard version 8, previously known as Lotus Sametime will be available the week of December 3, 2007.

For more information on Lotus Sametime visit: www.ibm.com/lotus/sametime

Contact(s) information

Erica Topolski
IBM Software Group
1-617-693-2816
ericat@us.ibm.com

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