Sametime 3 The Sametime 3 instant messaging system provides a powerful enterprise collaboration and communication platform.The benefits of Sametime for organizations using Lotus products are twofold: Sametime can plug in to the administration tools of other Lotus products, which allows easier user management. In addition, Sametime makes Lotus products such as Notes and QuickPlace aware of the presence of other users for more seamless collaboration. In eWeek Labs tests, the Sametime 3 client was fairly easy to install. There was a minute or so of uneasy pause after we entered the Sametime Web page for the first time and joined our first Sametime meeting (as components were downloaded), but after that everything ran fairly quickly and smoothly. Using the Sametime Web page, we were easily able to create and arrange meetings. In the Sametime Meeting Room, we could test meeting setup before the official start of a meeting to make sure participants could log in and see presentation elements. The client interface of Sametime 3 is fairly easy to navigate, and powerful functions such as application sharing and whiteboarding can be engaged with just the click of a button. It was also easy to share control of meeting elements, allowing, for example, participants to write questions directly on presentation materials and make modifications on the fly. New in this version of Sametime is Instant Messaging Gateway, which allows Sametime to communicate with other IM platforms using the Session Initiation Protocol standard. Also included is the ability to transfer files to meeting participants.
In tests at eWeek Labs, we were impressed by Sametime 3s ease of use and capability. One somewhat surprising snag was that we could not run Sametime 3 on top of our Domino 6 test server. We had to add a Domino 5.0.10 server to the domain to get Version 3 of Sametime up and running.