How do the Sametime instant messaging software and the Sametime Unyte meeting software go together?
I talked about the new Lotus Sametime Unyte product, a result of IBM's acquisition of WebDialogs. A reader (Michael Fitzpatrick) asks: "Does the integration with Unyte imply the old Sametime solution is being replaced, or will this be additive?" I have no particular IBM insider info about Sametime Unyte (and if I did, I wouldn't be able to talk about it here!), but here's what I've been able to find out from public sources.
It looks like the current version of Sametime instant messenger, 7.5, and the new Sametime Unyte meeting service from WebDialogs are currently related in name only. However, the plan (and it's only a plan, which can change) is for Sametime 8.0 to expand into a family of products, where one of the family members will include Unyte. I assume this means that you'll have functionality like being able to select several Sametime contacts and start a Unyte meeting with them.
IBM's Adam Gartenberg has some details in Announcing the expanded Lotus Sametime family and IBM’s acquisition of WebDialogs Web conferencing service about some announcements made at VoiceCon. He also links to a Lotus Get the buzz which talks about the Sametime family but (currently) does not mention Unyte. He also has some other helpful links at the end of his posting.
On a related note, Carl Tyler (who doesn't appear to be an IBM employee) has posted Differences between Sametime Unyte and your standard everyday Sametime, complete with a video showing him doing the same collaboration stuff in both tools to see how they compare.
As more decisions get made and details become publicly available, I hope they'll be discussed on our more Lotus-oriented blogs like InsideLotus, Composite Applications for People, Microsoft FUD vs IBM Customer Value, Collaboration Apps, SOA, Opensource, Apache Tuscany and world travel, IBM Lotus Forms and Next Generation Web Applications, Lotus, Web 2.0, Portais e tecnologia IBM (Portuguese), YellowConnections, and Social networking and massive amateur integration. (Yeah, we have a lot of Lotus blogs!)