TeamLab, what’s on your roadmap?

Our today’s post is an answer to the most popular question we have received from you so far, the one outlined in the title. Today I’d like to answer it and share our plans for the future releases. Our development process is moving along in high gear. During the recent 3 months we’ve implemented both noticeable updates (multiple languages support, backup restore utility, AMI) and minor functionality improvements. Till the end of this year we’ve scheduled two releases. So, what can you expect from them?

Interim Mid-November release

The most interesting updates are as follows:

  • Branded portal URL. Have you ever wanted to customize your portal URL to look like http://mycompany.com ? It will be possible to edit your portal address whatever you like.
  • Basecamp import. This will allow you to make a seamless move to TeamLab if you are not at all happy with basecamp service.
  • Notifications via IM. You will be able to customize your portal notifications delivery method and get notified via instant messenger or email.
  • Time tracking. It will be an optional feature within Projects in case you need to track employees work time and get specific reports.

Apart from that there will be several other improvements that will simplify your daily work with the portal. The largest number of them will be introduced within the Projects module:

  • Categories, tags and sorting will help easily organize your projects, tasks & files.
  • Enhanced reporting functionality will provide you with a greater level of work progress analysis.

Major December release

It’s by no coincidence that the release is called Major. We are going to introduce a totally new as well as some long-awaited functionality. And here is a quick overview:

  • Documents. A separate module allowing you to store, share and co-author files. Also, it will be possible to create and edit text files right from your portal. There will be NO Google Docs integration. It’s not because we don’t like Google 🙂 We are using our own technology based on virtualization.
  • Group Chat. Conference functionality will be finally available to you. It’s been requested by many of you and I think further comments here are unnecessary 🙂

In the end, I would like to anticipate possible questions regarding pricing. All these new features will remain free for you. Paid functionality will be introduced in the Q1’11. And there will be a separate post about our monetization strategy.

So, I hope, now you have a pretty clear vision of our plans for the nearest future. Do they meet your expectations? Share your opinion! You know we take your feedback seriously when improving TeamLab 😉

Update: Since it became necessary to test out the new technology more thoroughly, we’ve decided to postpone our major release till the beginning of the new year. We will post a message in our blog when the new functionality goes live. Please follow our news!

Nina

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  • I'm really, really impressed with what I've seen so far.

    One thing that would make Teamlab an even more killer app for me is "task lists".

    Task lists exist independent of projects and can be copied into any project.

    I've used both Basecamp and Activecollab in the past, and in my opinion, this feature is one thing they did right.

    - Darrel Hawes

    • Darrel, thanks!
      We are thinking about the possibility to add tasks independently from projects. And this feature very likely will be implemented in the H1'11.

  • Hi we're using teamlab for an non Profit Organization. Teamlab is great for us. Missing Functions are:
    1. GroupCalendars or even Calendars. http://phpicalendar.net/ or smth. like that.

    2. iPhone APP like that for Huddle - I even would pay 5 EUR for this APP I think this would be a big add-on

    Are there any Plans for that?

    Best regards Udoy

      • iPhone and Android apps would be awesome. I would pay 20€ for an iPhone app without thinking twice if it works properly.

        Our organization is non-profit (for-loss more precisely) and we are looking for teamwork platform and this seems like a winner.

        Virtual Bookshelf for documents would be nice since we have lots of data in PDF, ODF, DOC and XLS formats that we need to access all the time. Linking the files in the bookshelf to projects makes more sense than filing them under different projects. It's just easier to see them all in one place.

        • Hello Matti,
          We plan to introduce API for iPhone apps in the first quarter of 2011. As to your second issue, it will be possible to share and edit most document files in our new Files/Documents module that is also due in the first quarter of 2011.

  • I'm w/ Darrel on the task list feature. In addition, where is the sub-task feature? You've already implementing categories, tags. Please please please consider implementing sub-task feature. You only have to have 1 and 2 level of sub-task for it to be useful, IMHO. Thanks for the great software so far.

  • Thanks TeamLab for the great project! We are particularly pleased for introduce a group chat.

    Svetlana, do you plan add notifications by RSS? Sometimes it is more easy-to-use.

    • RSS functionality is already available. Though RSS icon isn't displayed on the portal pages, you can find it in FF, Opera, IE browsers' address bar. You can easily subscribe to the desired news feed by clicking on that icon and choosing an appropriate feed.
      Chrome doesn't support RSS feeds subscription by default. You need to install an extension: Chrome RSS Reader.

  • wow

    I will promote this site/engine to my company management, we still use ugly e-mail for project coordination :-(

    What about new features:
    - forum hierarchical (tree) view ?
    - sub-tasks?
    - access limitations?
    - thinner view (no extra buttons/images)?

      • Tree-view is implemented only in the comments section. We currently don't have plans to implement hierarchical (tree) view for the forum discussions. But added to our wish-list.

    • Access restrictions will be implemented in the Q1'2011.
      As regard thinner view, could you please describe this feature in more details?

  • I like what I see of TeamLab. You guys are doing a great job. What I don't see (and I accept I may be missing it) is a way to categorize files and discussions into categories (e.g. phases of a project, different departments, etc). I'm also wondering if it's possible to substitute the term "Department" with another one (e.g. 'group', 'client', 'organization', etc).

    Really... Love what I'm seeing. Keep up the great work!

    • Talib, thanks for the nice words! Project categories will be implemented in the mid-Novemeber release.
      Customization of the portal user interface and terminology will be introduced the next year.

  • Hi, we're having trouble uploading Excel files. No problems with .doc, .pdf. etc, just .xls files. Could this be a bug, or are we doing something wrong?
    Best regards,
    Stuart

    • Hello Stuart,
      Could you please check whether your excel files have umlauts or similar characters used in the name of the file? Currently there is a minor bug, which prevents from uploading files with such symbols in the file name. In case you don't use umlauts in your file name, please let us know what exactly happens when you try uploading XLS files? Any error messages?

    • Stuart,
      Try switching from the Flash uploader to the HTML uploader. Sometimes I need to swtich between the two in order to upload certain files to my portal.

      Hope that helps!

      • To Shawn and Victoria,
        Thanks for the quick response! Fact is, the problem seems to be at our end, not yours - it only affects one user. Anyway, we'll try your suggestions and get back to you if necessary.
        Best regards,
        Stuart

  • Hi, idea here:
    I believe it would be great if you would change the "Employees" term with "Co-Creators" or "Collaborators"

    Thank you

    • Hello, Luca!
      Thanks for this suggestion. We will forward it to our developers, so that they could consider implementing this in the future :-)

      • Great suggestion. To make it suitable to everyones wishes, you could add an option to the settings page where you can rename 'projects', 'milestones', 'departments' and 'employees'. This would be a great improvement!

        • Hi Niels, the option for customizing tabs (and other customization possibilities) is now definitely on our roadmap as well! ;)

  • Great Job !!! I'm changing from my old collaboration engine !!! The only thing I'm missing is inbound mail for forums, blogs posts and comments.

    • Hello Bruno,
      We are glad to hear you like TeamLab! :)
      Could you please clarify whether you meant that you need a feature to be able to reply to comments, blog posts and forum discussion via e-mail (without necessary accessing the portal)?

      • Hi Victoria,
        Basically, one would be able to "reply" to a blog post (that was received by e-mail) for example, and his comment would be "added" to the respective blog.

        • Bruno, thanks for explaining. We will forward this suggestion to our developers for sure. In the meantime, we can advise you to subscribe to comments, blog and forum posts that interest you, so that you could receive e-mail notifications when a new comment or post is published.

          • Currently our team uses google groups and many older people receive daily digest of discussions every day. Many people also do not have iPhones but instead Nokia E-series phones, so web browsing on the go is out the realistic capabilities.

            Those two groups (who make up the majority) would prefer to not log in to our TeamLab portal just to start or take part in a discussion.

            Having somekind of inbox for whole team in TeamLab would solve the issue. It would also enable newsletter subscriptions that are important for us.

            How it might look
            https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B8P2wWeYrKtSZTRlZjg4MjEtY2U5YS00MWQ3LWEwZTAtNDQ0N2EzNTM4Mjg3&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

          • Hello Matti,
            Thank you for the feedback. We will definitely forward your suggestion regarding discussions to our developers. However, could you please clarify what exactly did you mean by "inbox for whole team"? Also, unfortunately, we failed to open your link - please check that it's privacy settings are adjusted accordingly for us to see the data.

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