Communicate Products the New Client is coming along!!
By jparkinson on Oct 05, 2007
It has been a while since I have updated you on what we are doing with the Comms products. The team has really been working very hard to make some major changes with great progress. As I said in my blog on April 19,2007 What's Happening with Comms we are really focused on major priorities. The first and most important is quality, we have added to the QA team and the products have really become more stable thanks to hard work of QA and Sustaining team!! We are closing bugs in days now and our testing has improved to catch stuff before you see it!! Our work here is never done, and we will keep investing!
WebClient – The team is making great progress and they keep pushing the schedule up. We're trying a new strategy in comms to put new products in front of our customers very early, well before they're complete. We get timely feedback and our customers get to participate in development, the process has begun with a few customers. Expect to see an open preview very soon . At this point we have email and contacts running. Calendar and instant message to follow very shortly in November. We will announce very soon how you can access the site! I have attached a screen shots for you to see the progress! It really looks great and we are excited about getting it to market! Everyone that has used it so far thinks it ROCKS!!
Another major area of focus is the Calendar server! The new CalDAV / CarDAV servers are underway and the project just received some new members to the team to accelerate the schedule. We are planning to release the new server in 2008, I will update you from time to time on the progress! There are already several server and client implementations available for CalDAV and interoperability sessions are held on a regular basis by the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (calconnect.org). The comms group has been attending roundtables and interop events with the consortium over the past couple of years and we'll be the host for next one, Roundtable XI held Feb 4-8 2008.
The comms products have a very strong position in the service provider market because of the strength of our messaging product. We plan to capitalize on that with a focus on mobile communications across the communications suite. We have been active participants in the IETF Lemonade working group which is focused on protocol extensions to support mobile email. Lemonade RFC 4550 extensions will be present in the next release of our messaging server and we're actively working on the profilebis extensions. We do not intend to rest even as we start wrapping up our Lemonade implementation. We plan to stay actively involved in the standards bodies and of course in implementing as the standards emerge. More importantly, we are kicking off an aggressive effort to leverage Lemonade and other mobile extensions we are adding to Communication Suite.
Our Priorities remain:
Bring "Wow" back into the Web Client. Actively under construction is aWeb 2.0 client for mail, calendar, IM and contacts that will raise more than a few eyebrows.
Complete rebuild of the install environment (so SIMPLE my mom could install it).
Deliver a calendar server based on the latest CalDAV standard.
Open Source Comms components
Increase search and management capability of the message store
Enable large message store capability
Bring carrier grade, push e-mail to the market. Based on IETF/Lemonade standards.
Granular and light-weight web services to all Comms backend data.
Deliver SyncML support
Improve and expand Outlook Connector
Offer support for better /cheaper storage & mail-store integration.
A connection back to Sun for to better support users
Add a blogging engine to the Comms Suite
Of course we have some surprises coming as well, that we know you are going to like!!
To learn more about Sun's Java Communications Suite and how it can help your business, you can take a look at http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hubs/comms/overview/index.jsp
Send your comments and feedback, we believe in our products and we know that Comms on Solaris can be a competitive advantage for you in your business.