Open Text Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, has announced that its FirstClass division has released the latest version of its suite of integrated communications and collaboration software, theFirstClass Collaboration Suite, for learning organizations and businesses. The FirstClass Collaboration Suite, version 8.3, offers a set of integrated applications that enable customers to create collaborative online communities that securely connect people and resources via any internet-accessible device. FirstClass runs in a secure, networked environment with applications such as mail, instant messaging, calendars, contact management, workgroup collaboration, document sharing, file storage, web publishing, blogging, podcasting, and unified voice and fax messaging.
Highlights of the new features for FirstClass include: FirstClass Workspaces, where Workspaces are collaborative areas in which multiple users within a small workgroup can access and share resources. Each Workspace provides templates for shared content, including a discussion conference, calendar, contact database, document storage, and bookmarks folder; Enhanced User Interface, which lets users toggle between the traditional FirstClass desktop view and a new application suite view that provides instant access to all FirstClass applications (i.e. Mailbox, Conferences, Workspaces, Web Publishing, File Storage, etc.) using standard application launch buttons available on every user's desktop; Support for SyncML for Mobile Users, which provides bi-directional wireless syncing of contacts, calendars, and tasks with devices that support SyncML, including many standard mobile phones and smart phones; Enhanced Web Publishing for the creation of web pages. FirstClass 8.3 provides a facility that uses web publishing techniques such as blogging and podcasting; and FirstClass 8.3 delivers a Universal version for Mac OS X, enabling FirstClass to run on both PowerPC and the new Intel-based Macintoshes.