It's probably the Web2.0 Conference, but there are a number of related news stories making their way to the front pages these days. Today, the Wall Street Journal had a cover story on our friends at Zimbra(you need an account to read it). And BTW, kudos to their PR people who seem to get them into everything these days.
And the New York Times (which I get to read on Sunday while trying to keep toys in the hand of our six-month old and trying to keep our two-year old from breaking something) had a cover story yesterday on the semantic web, now unfortunately (and permanently) called Web 3.0. Sigh.
Regardless, it's good news for all the companies in the space and I'm psyched for the guys at Zimbra.
!http://jivesoftware.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/eweek.gif!Wildfire was just reviewed by eWeek. It's the first product review we've had that has the potential to reach 400k IT buyers, so we're pretty excited. Overall, I think we stacked up very well. They definitely got things right with the coverage of the plugin architecture and ease of use of the server. However, I wish eWeek had discussed Open Source and the vibrant Wildfire/Spark community more; I personally feel that the community is a huge driver for Wildfire's success and that it provides a lot of value to business users.
There's one other thing in the review that I wanted to specifically address, which is the claim that the Wildfire Enterprise archiving feature is not rich enough to meet regulatory compliance requirements (SOX, HIPPA, etc). We definitely don't think that's the case, so we'll have to try to follow up with the reviewer to get more information. In any case, check out the review and let us know what you think!
This is really a post about Spark (our IM client) on the Mac. First, a quick story and some photos.
!http://jivesoftware.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/bill-eats-words.jpg!Several years ago I promised a good friend of mine that Id never buy a Mac. I was a die-hard Wintel user and told him many times that macs suck! and Id never own one. Well, last Thursday I bought a new MacBook Pro and now Im a happy Mac user. What changed about the Mac? Everything: better hardware, a better OS and better apps. So Nathan: enjoy watching me eat my words.
Using a Mac means using Spark on it full time. Adium is a very popular client for the Mac and integrates in to the OS well. Spark is a good client but it's not integrated as well. Here's some of the things we're going to change about it:
We're going to remove the extra "Exit" on the menu. On the Mac there a menu option that all applications get which includes an option to quit and has a nice key binding as well. The extra "Exit" menu item can be removed when on the Mac.
We'll improve the upper menu bar icon for Spark -- here' s a screenshot of what it looks like now. Obviously it sticks out like a sore thumb. We'll change that so it fits the style of the other icons.
Right now something we're doing is hiding the resize icon on the window frame. We'll make sure that appears correctly.
We override the UI of some of the widgets so they look better on Windows and Linux. We'll back off that for the Mac so the widgets look like the native set.
We'll fix a few bugs around window focus and automatic reconnect.
Overall, Spark is a great client on the Mac and the changes above will make the experience better.
BTW, yes I really did make the cake (that's not a photoshop job).