Lotusphere 2012: The future of mail is social

   This morning at Lotusphere in Orlando, IBM is announcing the evolution of messaging as a social business tool. During the Lotusphere opening general session, IBM announced and demonstrated Lotus Notes and Domino Social Edition, the next feature release of the messaging and collaboration platform, along with IBM Connections Mail, where social networking meets work for more personal interactions. Both new releases are expected in 2012, with beta releases coming later this quarter. Together, Notes/Domino Social Edition and Connections Mail embrace the notion of a reinvented inbox, incorporating social analytics, contextual delivery, embedded experiences, and progressive disclosure. Fundamentally, we are evolving email and messaging into social mail -- the contextual component that the industry has dreamed of for nearly a decade, in solutions for both our existing messaging customers as well as for those with other email back-ends.