IBM announces update to Lotus Sametime

Data Management

IBM announces further support for Microsoft users and mobile workers for its real-time collaboration platform
IBM has said it will extend the reach of its upcoming Lotus Sametime 7.5 collaboration platform by providing integration with Microsoft Office and SharePoint applications and offering connectivity to mobile devices from RIM and Nokia, as well as Microsoft Windows Mobile devices.

With the product, Microsoft users have access to a set of instant messaging and Web conferencing capabilities, without requiring significant upgrades. Within Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, Lotus Sametime customers will be able to take advantage of Lotus Sametime features, such as sending an instant message, initiating a call, sharing an application or launching a Web conference. Within Microsoft e-mail inboxes, users will be able to view online presence information, schedule Web conferences from their calendars and access Lotus Sametime capabilities, including Web conferencing.

By the time of the product’s release in Q4, Sametime is expected to support mobile platforms including RIM Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint, Outlook 2000 and above and Office XP and above is expected at the beginning of 2007.

Lotus Sametime 7.5 is expected in the third quarter of 2006.

E-Business

Lexmark introduces Web Toolbar
Lexmark has released the Lexmark Web Toolbar, a toolbar designed for Lexmark printers, the product allows users to simplify the print process for Web pages.

Users have the the ability to print text only, eliminating ads and other unwanted images, print the entire Web page without cutting off images or text, print only in black, print borderless photos from Web sites and preview their selections before printing.

The toolbar is available for free for Lexmark users and can be downloaded the Lexmark Web Toolbar from toolbar.lexmark.com.

The Lexmark Web Toolbar is included with the Lexmark X3470 and X2470 and is compatible with select Lexmark printers.

Channel

CDI Computers and RM PLC UK launch the RM One all-in-one PC
CDI Computers, in collaboration with RM PLC launched the RM One pc, designed for education users.

The RM One is an all-in-one PC is designed to take up only half the desk space of a traditional PC and offers anti-graffiti paint and hardened protective screen covers to minimize damage. The desk bolting functionality and cable clamps secure your investment and discourage theft.

The system is fully configurable and can be set up as a basic e-mail station to a digital video editing system. The system comes with a starting price of US$1,098.

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