Bonn, June 14th, 2012
We would like to present a new version of the BSCW server software to you. With version 5.0 a new "major release" is now available: it includes new features and software improvements and - reacting to your feedback - the mobile access to the system has been entirely revised. Read more about most important changes in BSCW 5.0 or download the final release.
Focus: Access BSCW while Being on the Road and in the Office
The central aspect of the new version is the easy access to content in BSCW from anywhere. Starting with version 5.0, BSCW offers two additional access methods besides the familiar comfortable web-based user interface, the mobile user interface and the desktop widgets. Access to BSCW, whether being on the road and in the office, becomes even more efficient.
Mobile User Interface
The user interface for mobile access has been completely rebuilt from scratch, focus-ing on support of advanced state-of-the-art smartphones (including iPhone and Android). The mobile user may now easily access content stored in shared workspaces using the mobile portal.
BSCW Desktop Widgets
The new desktop widgets enable direct access to relevant information in shared workspaces from a user’s PC or Mac and are easily installed using the web-based user interface of the system. Using the desktop widgets, users may for example easily search the system, receive notifications about recent changes or simply browse the contents of the shared workspaces - without using the web browser.
Further Changes and Enhancements
Other enhancements of BSCW 5.0 include a complete revision of the personal address book, an enhanced invitation function for groups and extended archiving features. In addition, various improvements for administrators have been achieved - for example by means of a revised installation process and an alternative flexible licensing model:BSCW 5.0 introduces a new and alternative licencing model which provides more flexibility for customers with a high fluctuation of users. The new floating usage model combines the well-known advantages of the fair user count related licencing model with a flexible component with respect to usage fluctuation during the licencing period. Please contact us if you are interested in further details.
Availability of the New Version of BSCWYou may download and install BSCW 5.0 , so that administrators can now install the new version on your own in-house server (the server software is available for Windows and Unix servers). Of course,we we encourage administrators of existing BSCW servers to upgrade their production BSCW instances to the new final production version of BSCW 5.0.
Alternatively you may contact us if you want to use our BSCW cloud services! Finally, anyone interested is invited to take a look at the software. You may easily test-drive the software and register on our demo server. We are of course interested in your feedback!