Last week the IBM Verse Calendar (Cloud only for now..) got a major redesign. It had been announced some time ago, finally it has been released and I must say, well done IBM. It has a nice design and the enhanced functionality helps organizing your “calendar day”.
When logging in the first time after an upgrade/update you get the tour of “what’s new” and this is where most screenshots are from.
Five reasons to love the new Calendar Inbox
Of course the Inbox, where you will find invitations, meeting notices and so on.
The footer, where you see notification(s) of your next meeting(s), no matter if the same day or in the future. It will change to a minute count-down when the meeting is closer or notify you of further entries, i.e. «first appointment tomorrow». If there is a conflict, two or more meetings starting at the same time, you can see what is scheduled with one click. -> I really like this one
Block out time for yourself by simply clicking on a free time slot. It will create a calendar entry, neither appointment nor meeting, rather a reminder for yourself.
The narrow red line will show you the current time of the day
and of course you can change the view and choose the day, week or month overview.
Now eagerly awaiting the on premises release of this new Calendar, which I think could give IBM Verse a new push.
yeah.. why would you do that? there is no solution which comes close to the BlackBerry Hub and I’m certainly not moving to an app with less functionality. Still, out of curiosity I wanted to know how the IBM Verse app would behave on a BlackBerry.
I’m not getting into details about how to install an Android app as there are plenty of “how-to’s” but will share some of my findings.
Security / Device password The initial sync didn’t work at first because of a security issue.
Basically Traveler didn’t recognize the Picture Password as a device password and therefore refused to synchronize because a device password is a requirement set in the policy.
After the initial sync I changed my device password back to a Picture Password and the sync continued to work.
Functionality I didn’t see any issues here. The notifications for mail/calendar work, same with the Actions (Needs Action/Waiting For) or the synchronization of data. Creating mails, answering them and any interaction with calendar items, i.e. the creation of events out of an email, were OK as well.
“Negative” points (bearing in mind that it’s not a native app)
The app is a battery drainer! I’m using a BlackBerry Passport and I rarely need to charge it but since using the Verse app it was a daily activity.
There is no control/separation of work data. I can freely copy data from my business mail and paste it anywhere I want. This is something I can control with BES and don’t want to miss as a security feature.
On the positive side, the uninstall worked like a charm 😉
A few days ago IBM published the IBM Verse app for iOS which you can get from here.
If you want to “control” some settings via IBM Traveler policy, make sure to update to the latest Traveler version first, you also need to download the new Domino Directory template available here and apply the update to your directory to get an additional tab for the IBM Verse security settings.
What settings can you control? Besides the application password you can allow/disallow the exporting of contacts, copying to clipboard, exporting and downloading of attachments.