Liferay, a provider of open source enterprise portal and social collaboration software, is launching its biggest update in two years. Announced this week at the Liferay North America Symposium in San Francisco and expected to be available sometime in the fourth quarter, version 6.2 features a new focus on the creation of mobile-enabled websites.

It has been designed to provide one-click previews of mobile websites and apps by device type, automatically display them correctly on mobile devices and allow administrators to set device type-based rules.

Improved Functionality

The company boasts that its upcoming Software Development Kit will enable the building of device-specific native apps with specific Liferay functionality, such as mobile integration with backend systems.

Version 6.2 also offers site hierarchies for content management across multiple sites, a new drag-and-drop functionality for uploading files, Application Display Templates for quick customization of apps’ interfaces and improved support for multiple languages. There is also a revised user interface, including framework Alloy 2.0 and its free Bootstrap collection of website- and web app-building tools, and what the company described as “increased platform stability.”

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Liferay 6.2's revised Control Panel

The added stability is provided through such measures as a module-based architecture that better enables management across versions, as well as self-containment for applications. There’s also a new Control Panel look-and-feel, staging and import/export improvements, a revised Dockbar and a streamlined Site Administration.

Leader in Magic Quadrant

Liferay’s basic feature sets include content and document management with Microsoft Office integration, Web publishing, shared workspaces, enterprise collaboration, social networking and identity management.

Last month, industry research firm Gartner included Liferay in its annual Magic Quadrant report for Horizontal Portals. That report, which defines horizontal portals as ones that aggregate and integrate enterprise-wide information, placed Liferay in the top Leaders quadrant. It cited many satisfied customers, consistent double-digit growth, the low-cost open source foundational code and the fact that the solution is relatively lightweight compared to other enterprise portals.

In an announcement last spring, Liferay’s enterprise-readiness was also enhanced by a partnership with infrastructure provider TIBCO Software. The partnership allows customers to more readily integrate through TIBCO’s ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks to such backend systems as SAP, SharePoint, JD Edwards, Peopleosft, Lotus Notes and Siebel Systems.