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IBM Connections now a mobile app

IBM has launched a mobile app called IBM Connections, an enterprise social tool. The app is available for all the leading mobile operating systems including iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.

IBM has launched native mobile application for its enterprise social tool called IBM connections. The app is available for free on all major mobile phone platforms including iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

“IBM Connections is social software for business that lets you access everyone in your professional network, including your colleagues, customers, and partners,” said the company on its website.

Interested users can download the app from all major app stores including Android, Apple, and BlackBerry, and gain immediate access to blogs, employee data, status updates, wikis, as well as share files, videos and photos with their connections.

Available at no charge, the new IBM Connections app works just like the IBM social software with added functionality for Google Android smartphones and tablets, Apple iOS devices and BlackBerry smartphones. In addition to the popular file share application, profiles, and activities, blogs and generate-and-vote-on-ideas features, workers can now take photos with their smartphones and upload them directly to Connections. All three apps are available now in the respective apps stores.

IBM has also announced some new apps for mobile devices.

Partial wipe for Apple iOS devices: A new IBM software provides “partial wipe” capability for Apple iOS devices allowing an IT administrator to wipe only the company data from the device while preserving a worker’s personal data, such as personal email, photos, videos and games. Administrators can still initiate a full reset wipe if circumstances warrant it, as an alternative to this new partial wipe option. Traveler enables IBM email, contacts and calendar information to be accessible from the most popular mobile devices.

Click-to-call from Android OS device calendar: Available in beta now, Lotus Notes Traveler will allow IBM email users to call people listed in their calendar views with just one click.

Online meeting support for BlackBerry: IBM Sametime meetings support allows BlackBerry users to participate in online meetings using their mobile devices.

Unified Communications for Android devices: IBM’s Sametime software for Android extends presence awareness and instant messaging with new features including text-to-speech which can read incoming messages when the users cannot stop to look at the device, for example, when driving; send photos taken with the device through Sametime chats; and automatically update location status. Workers who also have Sametime Unified Telephony software reduce phone use costs by initiating calls to whatever phone happens to be nearby.

Cloud-based meeting support for Android: LotusLive Meetings support for the Android OS is planned to be available later this year.

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