On the secure real-time messaging front, VMware added Socialcast Messenger, a free mobile application companion to Socialcast Private Message. It allows you to have ad-hoc conversations with individuals or teams, as well as share files, photos and location information. At the same time, it keeps work-related communications within IT's domain, allowing the IT organization to secure the channel against security breaches and compliance violations, according to VMware.
Finally, VMware has added an improved command and control interface for community administrators that allows the configuration and customization of communities to fit the unique requirements of an organization's culture. It centralizes management of security and employee access as well as integration with other business systems like auditing and reporting.
Socialcast is immediately available as an on-premise or software-as-a-service solution.
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