IBM has published a Technote detailing Verse Offline.
But watch those caveats.
Hat tip to Alan for the link.
Apparently, the lack of a overarching message concerning, among other things, IBM Verse is being recognized by more than one tech writer.
IBM’s assets in the collaboration and communications market really have not received as much attention as they should have. To be in a presentation where products such as Verse (IBM’s cloud-based e-mail solution and, as we learned, future on-premises upgrade to Domino) were referred to as having a ‘secret sauce’ seemed a missed opportunity.
So, there are a few people out there, attempting to spread the word concerning IBM Verse and other solutions in the IBM portfolio and come away wondering why IBM is missing their opportunity. And the window is shutting. The Connect conference is done and put away, which means that free publicity like this will dry up as it waits for something / anything out of Armonk regarding the announcements and demonstrations.
“Momentum” is more like “fits and starts” or “wait and see.”
That is not what this product deserves or needs.
This is a very positive article, but one that concerns me. It should raise flags within IBM, if they follow their products in the news.
I attended IBM Connect last week, where I checked out one of the most interesting products you’ve likely never heard of — a new email offering called “IBM Verse.” While there was a lot of discussion about how it better integrated social networking, what really intrigued me was the idea of putting cognitive computing inside an email client.
. . . I’ll close with my product of the week, which has to be IBM Verse, the fascinating email product that focuses on the user. If I don’t tell you about it, you’ll likely never hear of it.
Today, IBM and Box, an online file sharing and personal cloud content management service for businesses, announced a partnership.
IBM is going to let Box plug into its analytics and security technology, while Box will integrate its content management system into Big Blue’s existing products.
For example, they will work on a new data analytics solution that uses IBM’s Watson supercomputer. Box’s technology will also be integrated into IBM Verse and IBM Connections, its business email and collaboration services.
They will also jointly develop mobile apps and analytics solutions. Box said some of that could even be included in the products IBM and Apple are building together. On top of that, IBM will use its massive salesforce and consulting team to sell it to its network of business customers.
Considering IBM deals with some of the biggest businesses in the world, it’s a huge deal for Box, which went public earlier this year.
While others have announced the availability of IBM Traveler 220.127.116.11, here is the “What’s New” document for the software. The focus in this release is on IBM Verse.
Support for IBM Verse on Apple devices
IBM Verse for Apple devices is available on the iTunes app store. You can download it and start using it to:
- See mail from people important to you
- Set people you interact with often as Important
- Manage items that need follow up
- Track who owes you a response and when
- Work with your calendar seamlessly
- Interact with all of your contacts
IBM Verse for Apple devices is an IBM created mobile app for iOS, and is available on the Apple app store. However, you can continue to use IBM Traveler with the built-in Apple provided mail, calendar, and contacts apps on your iOS device, along with the IBM Traveler To Do and Companion apps.
Yesterday, I reported my experience with IBM Verse after (finally) being provisioned.
Today, I am happy to report that, once I log in to Verse, I see this:
This is the experience in Firefox 37.0.1. Yesterday, I was on an unsupported browser. Today, it’s supported.
That is a great question. What I can tell you is that, thanks to either this blog or my tweet, IBM contacted me, asked me a couple of questions (sorry, I didn’t think that the underlying OS was relevant to a browser issue, but I guess I might be wrong. The answer to that question was/is “Windows, BTW), and I was able to successfully log into Verse.
Wow, it is really white. Almost “you have to wear sunglasses to view this page” white.
Now I get to start playing with it.
Thank you, IBM, for granting me access.
IBM has (finally) provisioned my Verse Basic account. How did Day One of Verse go for me?
Attempt One to log on to Verse resulted in this:
Hmm, refresh the browser.
Now, I see the login page. Again.
Attempt Two to log on to Verse resulted in this:
This appears in Chrome, version 41.0.2272.118 m, Firefox, version 37.0.1, and IE, version 9.0.36.
Now, I understand Tom’s post:
This isn’t as easy as I had hoped. Nor is it a “#NewWaytoWork.”
“All” your questions about IBM Verse Basic have been answered in the FAQ about IBM Verse Basic.
There are some exceptions to this list, like the answer to Question 16:
Q16. How can my friends and family sign up for IBM Verse Basic?
Oh, it’s easy to sign up, but good luck with the acknowledgement, welcome e-mail, and a user name/password. I still haven’t received mine. And it’s been at least two months.
Thanks, Bruce, for the link.
I was reminded this week that people have short attention spans.
IBM has released IBM Verse and one of the major features that IBM tours is muting threads or conversations in e-mail. That is, basically, if you are tired of being on an e-mail thread, you can “mute” it so that it does not appear.
This feature is not new.
From May 2010, I present to you how to mute threads and conversations in GMail and Outlook.
My fraternity mailing list is home to a great group of people, including some great entrepreneurs and some great investors. But when you get 400 opinionated MIT grads on a single mailing list, and the topic shifts to anything controversial, the discussion might explode. We’ve had well over 125 emails come through in the last three days after someone brought up the health care bill, and several folks have emailed to get off the discussion list list.
Don’t do that! Instead, use these super easy techniques to mute or filter the discussion out of your Inbox in less than 30 seconds. It’s faster than removing yourself from the mailing list, and better too, because when this discussion peters out, you’ll still be on the list in case something interesting comes up later.
Having some sort of parity with GMail and Outlook is good. Touting this as “new” is a bit disingenuous.
Thanks for the reminder, vowe.