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About twice a year I find myself going through my Sametime contact list and cleaning it up. I often create groups that contain only one user. Thus my contact list often takes my entire desktop screen and I need to scroll down to view all my groups. Typically, a couple days after I have removed someone, sure enough I need to IM with them. Keep your contacts organized by creating groups within groups allows me to maintain a smaller visual contact list.
Another nice feature in Sametime 7.5 is type ahead. This makes it easy for me to find contacts already in contact list. It also allows me to quickly and seamlessly search IBM's corporate directory so I can broaden my network of contacts without have to go through and add a user to my contact list. If I want, I can starting a chat session without needing to first add them to my contact list.
Additionally, I also have more controls over displaying groups and contacts. I can sort both groups and contacts A -Z, show online only, or display short names. While these are not major enhancements to the products, it shows the extra details and marketing research done to provide additional features for more friendly user experience.