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Digital Solutions | August 26, 2021
Announcing HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan
HCL is pleased to announce the general availability of HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, our latest interim fix release for Meetings. It is now available for download on FlexNet, HCL’s License & Delivery Portal.  Why is this IF release important to all Sametime v11.X customers using Meetings? Chrome M93 support and a lot of other critical fixes, including UX enhancements, UI improvements and multiple bug fixes to improve your overall Sametime Meetings and Chat experience. For more details, please check out the full fix list published here. Support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan:  Google has completely transitioned Chrome's WebRTC implementation from the Plan B SDP format to the Unified Plan, starting with Chrome M93 version. See Google’s announcement here.  What does this mean for Sametime Premium customers using Meetings? Prior to HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, Chrome browser support (for Meetings) is based on the Plan B SDP format.   By upgrading Sametime to 11.6 IF1, Meetings now uses the WebRTC Unified Plan SDP format.   For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article. Therefore, HCL strongly encourages all Sametime v11.X customers and business partners using Meetings to upgrade their Sametime Meeting servers to continue to enjoy a great Video Meetings and Chat experience on the latest Chrome browser. The details of how to upgrade your HCL Sametime environments to our latest release can be found here. Ginni Saini, Sametime Product Manager, HCL Software  Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using...
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Digital Solutions | August 23, 2021
HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan
The HCL Sametime team wants everyone to be aware of the pending Chrome change related to conformance with the WebRTC standard that will impact Sametime Meetings. This change is scheduled to take affect with the M93 update of the Chrome browser, currently targeted for Aug 31, 2021.  We are actively working on putting finishing touches to our next interim release to support the Unified Plan for Sametime Meetings. We plan to release it in the upcoming weeks, after we have finished testing the changes across all supported browsers listed here.  In the meantime, please plan to upgrade your Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 Meetings deployments using our documentation found here.  For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article.  If you have any questions or need further details, don't hesitate to reach out to our support team!  HCL Sametime Product Team Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi programming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.
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Digital Solutions | April 1, 2021
Exciting New HCL Sametime Features Released Today
Today marks a major milestone in our commitment to helping create the digital office our teams need to get work done, be more efficient, and collaborate effectively with colleagues. We are thrilled to announce 6 new features for your favorite meetings and chat solution: New filters in video settings: Animations will make it appear as if you are focusing intently, even if you are checking your phone or surfing the web  Awards show mode: Music will automatically fade in when the meeting goes past the scheduled end time — or attendees can activate it manually to drown out someone who is being dominating and annoying  Picture-in-picture pet mode: A new setting allows for you to have your camera display one window for you, and one window for your pet (who only seems to wander around or bark when you have meetings with management)  Social media security settings: A custom notification will display if you are sharing your screen and distractedly attempt to go over to the browser tab that has Facebook open  New AI integrations: When you suddenly are asked a question in a meeting when you weren’t paying attention, you can summon Siri or Alexa to answer it for you — run through a special Sametime voice-matching filter set up to sound like you  New audio settings: Less embarrassing, pre-set sounds, such as water running or a carn horn honking, will be auto played to drown out toilets flushing or family members yelling in the background.    Happy April Fool’s Day. Of course, this was a joke! But you know what’s no joke? The upcoming global premiere of the newest version of HCL Sametime on June 7. And, the fact that Sametime beats the competition — hands-down. Let us show you how.  
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Digital Solutions | February 24, 2021
HCL Sametime Premium Desktop Client for Meetings (Tech Preview)
HCL Software is pleased to announce the tech preview of an installable HCL Sametime meetings desktop client. This desktop client is available for both Windows and macOS and works with any Sametime Premium v11.5 deployment. It provides the same UI features as our browser experience and can be pinned to the taskbar (screenshot below).   Once installed, simply clicking a meeting URL will automatically let you join via the desktop client. Additionally, you can use the client by itself to join or create meetings.  This desktop client is available through our HCL license and delivery portal (FlexNet) for all our Sametime Premium customers. For our mobile users, you can continue to use the existing HCL Sametime app, available on Apple and Google app stores, that supports both chat and meetings features.  For more information, please read this article to learn how to install and use the Sametime meetings desktop client.  HCL Sametime Product Team  
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Digital Solutions | February 18, 2021
HCL Digital Solutions Announces First Telephony Partnership for HCL Sametime
HCL Sametime Premium is a proven and trusted video meetings platform, built for how today’s modern organizations need to be working — nimbly, securely, and remotely — all while reducing your operational costs. HCL Software intends to extend Sametime Premium with telephony capabilities from an ecosystem of complementary partners. Today, HCL is announcing it is working with ilink, a leading provider of solutions and services for unified communications customers worldwide and an active HCL business partner. The goal is to provide telephony services for the new release of Sametime Premium coming in the first half of 2021. HCL expects to add other such partnerships in 2021. The integration with ilink will enable Sametime Premium users to call into any Sametime meeting from their phone and participate via telephony-based audio in addition to the internet-based audio available today. A meeting moderator can also dial out from a Sametime meeting to bring in additional participants in audio only mode. Additional telephony features, such as direct “call me” functionality, will be added to later releases. HCL believes this approach will help organizations further reduce their costs compared to other video meeting solutions, where telephony costs can be significantly higher per user.  Further details of the integration will be available nearer to the release. HCL Sametime Product Team About ilink  ilink is an independent software company based in Berlin, Germany. ilink offers enterprise products and services for unified communication solutions for worldwide customers and has excellent know-how and many years of experience in telephony/audio integrations in the datacenter and in the cloud. More details about this partnership are available directly at the ilink site here. Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned...
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Digital Solutions, Sametime | November 10, 2020
Announcing HCL Sametime Premium. Secure Video Meetings & Persistent Chat at Significant Savings
HCL Software announces the release of HCL Sametime Premium, the newest version of the trusted video meetings and persistent chat platform: Sametime — your meeting, your data, double the value. Sametime is built for how today’s modern organizations need to be working: nimbly, securely and remotely.    Sametime Premium (Meetings and Chat)    HCL Sametime Premium allows for secure conversations across any device, with the following benefits:   Get off runaway pricing to take control of meetings costs:  By only paying for needed functionality, HCL Sametime has meetings and chat at 50 percent the cost of competitive solutions   Rock–solid data privacy, encryption and auditability – Your data and conversations protected — in private cloud or on–premises  Instant meetings and chat with one click.  No waiting – You’re only seconds away from secure team chat, video meetings, and file sharing.  No installation required and no need to wait for a SaaS solution.  Deploy on a secure private cloud or on-premises – Faster deployment with containers and scale with Kubernetes, simpler installs and fewer servers  Make the Most of your Meetings Budget  You need a robust meetings solution, but you shouldn’t have to pay for unnecessary features or functionality.  Compare your existing video meetings and chat solution against Sametime using our cost calculator and see how much you could save!  Whether you are an existing HCL Sametime, HCL Domino, or HCL Software customer and would like to learn more about HCL Sametime, please contact your HCL sales representative or an HCL Business Partner.   HCL Sametime Product Team    Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or...

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