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Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Gabriella Davis  27 July 2010 11:51:02
This morning IBM sent out an announcement of Sametime 8.5.1 availability.  The files will be available on the download site on Thursday 29th July.  They are going to be many, many GBs in size so clear room on your bandwidth.

Of course, I'm also now faced with the prospect of updating my Sametime presentation for IAMLUG next week to include all the 8.5.1 details that were previously NDA .  A more paranoid person would think the Sametime team were out to get me by shipping 3 days before the conference - or does the whole world not revolve around me?

The key things added  (cut and paste from IBM announcement with my comments.  Original announcement here )

New Clients
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7.0
  • Apple Macintosh 10.6
  • Linux® (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), Red Hat Enterprise Desktop (RHED), and Ubuntu)
    .... so finally a complete client set. Previously we only had Windows support up to Vista.
New Mobile Support
  • Blackberry 5.0 devices
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 devices
    .... iPhone support was already in 8.5
Also
  • Lotus Domino® 8.5.1 server
    ... as the underlying server for the Sametime Community Server which is the only component not running on WAS 7.0
  • Linux on IBM® System z®
  • Enhanced chat logging that includes announcements and chats over the Sametime Gateway
  • Simplified Sametime client deployment (with the ability to activate Sametime Unified Telephony features via policy)
    ... the word "simplified" is fair compared to previous versions.  I wouldn't say it was simple to do, just simpl-er with some planning
Not on my announcement but part of my testing in the beta program
  • Improved performance in meetings .. the big reason (along with the Mac and BB clients) why I'll be upgrading
  • Improved server stability
  • Clean up of many usability bugs that were there in 8.5
  • In general I'd say this is the 8.5 product they should have shipped originally, it's more complete, more thought through in deployment and more stable
And now the SUT bit...
Sametime Unified Telephony 8.5.1 was also announced today.  SUT is IBM's GINORMOUS client deployment of telephony integration (remember all those demos you've seen on transferring calls from your mobile to your desk to your home phone via ST - that's SUT).  For SMB customers or those wanting 'click to call' you are still looking at the established TCSPI solutions.

SUT is very cool if that's what your company needs and can justify.  It sells as a combined hardware / software / consultancy solution from certified providers (which used to just be IBM consulting but now includes one or two other hardware telephony skilled companies).  Full hardware / software specs are here SUT 8.5.1

According to IBM, Sametime 8.5.1 itself offers better  "Integration of video in Sametime Unified Telephony for a more compelling multimodal collaborative experience"  - make of that what you will

The key question for me is can we upgrade 8.5 to 8.5.1 cleanly and that's something I've left until the product shipped so I'll be trying that out this week.


Comments

1JFranchetti  27/07/2010 19:55:48  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Wondering if they fixed a minor bug with the Screen Capture feature.

Right now (using 8.0.2 Sametime) - if you use the "Capture part of your screen..." button, it works fine -- however, when you past your image into another program, in the upper right-hand corner of the image is a little black line (every time).

So if you care about the images you are capturing (say you are using that tool to capture images for some documentation), you have to paste the image in a paint program to clean it up...

While I am on the topic of screen capture -- would be really nice if when you did perform this action, it automatically put the image in your Windows Clipboard. Right now, you have capture the image, then you have to hit Edit>Copy.

2Gabriella Davis  27/07/2010 23:43:44  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Not sure I can duplicate your problem even but certainly with my 8.5 client and 8.5.1 client I don't have that issue. Just tested taking a capture and pasting into other programs (still have to Edit - Copy) and all looks fine.

Ping me offline if you want to try out the updated client.

Gab

3Marco Ensing  28/07/2010 08:40:50  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Hi Gabriella,

Thanks for sharing!

You got any news about the Sametime reflector? So Audio/Video can be used when

you are behind a NAT based device?

Thanks!

Regards,

Marco Ensing

4Gabriella Davis  28/07/2010 09:38:25  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Hi Marco

It's being developed and is in Beta. I can't speak for the ST team but I'd be surprised if we see it in 2010 - early 2011 though would be my expectation.

Gabriella

5Rob Ingram  29/07/2010 01:58:56  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Not a lot of additional detail ST team can provide yet but as Gabriella noted Lotus have a very early beta out in limited test and will have more news in a few months on the planned support of STUN/TURN/ICE support for audio and video in NAT environments.

6Rob Ingram  29/07/2010 01:59:41  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Not a lot of additional detail ST team can provide yet but as Gabriella noted Lotus have a very early beta out in limited test and will have more news in a few months on the planned support of STUN/TURN/ICE support for audio and video in NAT environments.

Rob - Sametime Product Mgt

7Phil Salm  29/07/2010 22:54:22  GA delayed

This has been delayed up to two weeks.

https://www-950.ibm.com/blogs/SametimeBlog/?lang=en_us

8Gabriella Davis  30/07/2010 11:06:58  Posted on twitter last night

@7 - yes I know. Was tweeting about it last night. Just glad they found a problem before ship.

9Rob Ingram  04/08/2010 19:07:51  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

Its available for download today

10Darrius Plantz  28/09/2011 16:57:50  Start your engines. Sametime 8.5.1 available on Thursday

I have just been thru 2 painful exchanges with the IBM help desk on this. I had been using SUT in v 8.0.2 and was using the VoiceIP solution for the past 1.5 year or so. Now EZUpdate made me install v 8.5.1 and my embedded SUT client is now greyed out and I cannot use the function. Any info you may be able to provide me to re-enable this I would most appreciate!!!!