Confluence 4 rolled out in September 2011, with improved editing features and a focus on quick content creation. Here comes another release that gets a bit more social. "Confluence 4.2 leverages new social features to guarantee teams are always in-the-know and engaged," says Atlassian's Vice President of Engineering, Jean-Michel Lemieux.
Confluence 4.2 lets users label attachments, add quick comments and "like" posts and offers a new Page Layout function. New social features help users find popular content, such as wiki pages and blog posts, while the Quick Comments and Like features are meant to help increase social collaboration and interactions. The latest release also offers personalized weekly or daily summary emails of popular content, helping users see what's happening across the company.
Free 30-day trials are available for Confluence 4.2.
Socializing in the Enterprise
According to Atlassian, more than half of Fortune 100 companies and more than 70% of top U.S. colleges and universities use Confluence, but it is hardly the only big player in the field of enterprise collaboration and productivity solutions. In March 2012, Atlassian acquired HipChat, a private chat service with collaboration capabilities.
Meanwhile, competitor Yammer landed more funding in February, which the company plans to use to increase its sales and engineering staff, launch new marketing efforts, and make strategic acquisitions. According to Yammer, more than 85% of the Fortune 500 have implemented the enterprise social networking service.
At the end of last year, we called 2011 the year of the Social Business, but going social isn't slowing down in 2012. Jive, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, IBM and Dropbox all remain some of the other big players in this booming market.
What should we expect next for enterprise collaboration solutions? That depends on what features consumers still need. What features do you think are missing in these solutions?