Lotus Sametime’s New Video Sharing Capability Enhances Software Collaboration and Solidifies Business Interactions Through Social Connections

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ORLANDO, FL - 22 Jan 2007: At Lotusphere today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that a new version of Lotus Sametime instant messaging and collaboration software -- which begins shipping in early second quarter 2007 -- will include real-time point-to-point video for expanded communication capabilities. This release will also include integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office applications and support for Linux servers and Macintosh clients.

Built on an Eclipse framework, Lotus Sametime is an easily extensible platform, enabling anyone to build and deploy open extensions known as "plug-ins." With the product's new integrated video capability and plug-ins developed by leading telephony and video providers, Lotus Sametime is further validated as a rich and flexible platform for unified communications and collaboration.

This real time video component further extends the flexible collaboration capabilities within the Lotus portfolio, which also includes social software, messaging, email and team collaboration. With a simple Webcam, the new point-to-point video tool will let Lotus Sametime users enhance their instant messaging (IM) discussion or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) conversation in a manner similar to face-to-face interaction. The days of delayed e-mail, miscommunication and a faceless mobile workforce are no longer a factor in conversations where participants are able to see reactions, facial expressions and share thoughts visually.

"IBM's unified communications and collaboration vision is to foster innovation and business agility by making it easier for people to find, reach and collaborate through a unified user experience. Lotus Sametime provides an open, extensible software platform that integrates rich presence, IM, email, unified messaging, Web, voice, video, telephony and business applications across multi-vendor environments," said Bruce Morse, vice president, Lotus Unified Communications Software.

New Sametime 7.5.1 capabilities will include:

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At Lotusphere 2007, IBM will be joined by more than 30 vendors, including the leading telephony, audio and video providers who will be demonstrating solutions that extend the value of Sametime for customers. Attendees at the global event, including 3Com, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Avistar, Cisco, iscoord, ilink, Nortel, Polycom, Premiere Global Services, RADVISION, Research in Motion (RIM), Siemens, TANDBERG, and VoiceRite, will be demonstrating how Sametime can provide the following capabilities:

Additional information about IBM's Business Partner Showcase for Sametime can be found at:

For more information on IBM's activities at Lotusphere 2007, please access the company's online press kit at:

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