LotusLive Labs Also Includes Project Concord
There are other efforts fomenting in IBM's new LotusLive Labs. Rennie announced Project Concord, a new Web-based document editor to let several users create documents, presentations and spreadsheets together and share them. Concord, essentially a cloud-based version of IBM Lotus Symphony, will appear in the second quarter of this year. Other LotusLive Labs efforts include Slide Library, a new way to build and share presentations; Collaborative Recorded Meetings, a service that records and instantly transcribes meeting presentations and audio/video for searching and tagging; Event Maps, which lets users visualize and interact with conference schedules; and Composer, a tool to let programmers create LotusLive mashups through LotusLive services.This enterprise offering will include directory synchronization between on-premises directories and the cloud; access to application and mail workflows that remain on-premises; and entitlement for every user to use either a browser or the Lotus Notes client to access their e-mail. Moreover, IBM has pared the minimum number of users for a LotusLive Notes subscription from 1,000 to 25, added support for Lotus Sametime instant messaging and made the standard mailbox quota 5 gigabytes. Finally, IBM said its Lotus Domino e-mail server will soon be available as a developer/test image on Amazon's EC2 Web services cloud through IBM developerWorks.
IBM further said its next version of its LotusLive Notes cloud-based messaging application will let customers using both cloud and on-premises collaboration tools access e-mail, calendar, contact management and instant messaging capabilities.