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VMTN communities upgrade

Today, we have rolled out a major upgrade to the VMTN community platform. The new platform has a number of improvements to existing functionality and adds some new features which can help us all share and find content easier. Here is a short list of highlights, but there is much more to discover.

  • We have now incorporated social media as part of our community. The new layout has tabs for Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube at the top of the page, to present a unified picture of all the goings on in our community.
  • Social capabilities: follow people, tags, communities, groups, and social bookmarking
  • Groups: with the new release, each user will be able to create private or public groups
  • Your view: your personal homepage, which can serve as your Communities dashboard, where the feeds from all the people and content you follow can be aggregated
  • More widgets, better rich text editor support, and better support for Microsoft document formats.
  • Private Discussions and Documents: People can now create private discussions and documents, with full control over who will be able to see and edit your content.
  • Activity updates: Users can subscribe to receive a digest email that summarizes activity of interest, such as who commented on your content, whether there are any unanswered questions in a given community, etc.
  • You can read full 4.0 documentation and release notes on the Jive site.

We have created two short video demonstrations of what the new platform allows you to do, and more are in the works.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the new platform.

12 thoughts on “VMTN communities upgrade

  1. Tom

    I would have not allowed private conversations…too much likeliness that valuable information will be unavailable to people.
    You’ll become more, not less, of a walled garden.

  2. Adam

    Just when you thought VMware couldn’t do a worse job than the last major forum “upgrade,” they pull this off.
    No search, tabs don’t work, completely unintuitive, impossible to locate anything, and horribly cluttered with useless garbage.

  3. Patrick

    I wanted to go in to the forum and do a simple search as before.
    NO way to find that possibility. My first page is in spanish. When i want to go somewhere else it is in french (much easier for me but not wanted.)
    Do we really need to google to find a link into the vmware forums ???
    quite disappointing …

  4. will smith

    Without the ability to do a search on a specific forum, VMTN is useless. Stop trying to be a “social media” portal. This site is supposed to help us do our jobs, not contribute to the mass disorganized cacaphony of meaningless babel.

  5. Larry

    Where is the search function?
    Kinda uselss if there is no search.
    I can’t find what I need to look for.

  6. David

    Have all of the RSS feeds changed?
    I use Google Reader to read the PowerCLI feeds. I’ve deleted and added the feed back in as http://communities.vmware.com/community/feeds/threads?containerType=14&container=2530 but it comes up as “VMware Communities : Discussion List – VMware Fusion® (for Mac)”.

  7. Jay

    Where is the Search function?

  8. Koljen

    Is this a joke? I can’t find anything. What a mess. Can somebody tell me where the search function is?!

  9. Phil

    I agree, I cant find anything. wheres the search?

  10. Ed

    Points? Why do we need points?
    Well stated, Patrick. social networks we have already.
    Real search link please…

  11. Niall

    This sucks and I can’t find anything……I can’t stand these new social network style forums. This is the second of my regular forums that have done this through dec-jan.
    I hope this is not running on Jive SBS… 🙁

  12. Niall

    Just finished reading the top of the page, it is Jive.
    Sorry couldn’t edit my original post.

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