TeamLab Docs: Lifting the curtain on our virtualization plans

15 December 2010 By Nina 19 405

Since our post about the roadmap gained so much attention and made it possible for us to collect lots of useful feedback, we’ve decided to keep on sharing with you our vision of the future TeamLab versions.

Let’s start with our nearest plans. In the beginning of the new year we are going to release the Documents module. We’ve already mentioned it while talking about our upcoming release.
This module will allow you to:

  • store your personal documents privatly and share them with your co-workers;
  • get access to the corporate documents storage containing files intended for all team members;
  • edit and co-author personal and corporate documents directly in your browser and keep change history.

The text editing feature is the most noticeable upcoming update. It is based on our virtualization technology that allows you to launch Open Office directly from the portal interface with no need to install any software on your PC. You will be able to create and edit your document, online spreadsheet or presentation and save all the changes in a file stored right in TeamLab. Thereafter it will be possible to edit this file again without deleting the previous version (due to file versioning support), share it with your team or download to your hard drive.

The virtualization technology I’m talking about is our own development. It has just gone live within another project launched by our company –

Virtual11 is a completely new service that allows you to run various applications (multimedia tools, system utilities, PDF viewers) online with no need to install or update any software. The programs available within this service are all open-source, and the service is free. We’ve come up with the idea of integrating the new technology into TeamLab and for starters, have introduced it within the Documents module. However, there are plenty of other applications that teams use in their daily work: multimedia programs, productivity and security tools, etc. We are constantly expanding the list of the virtualized applications and most definitely will be able to integrate a wide range of apps into TeamLab with time.

However, even though the idea seems exciting, we have certain doubts about it:
Will the virtualized apps be used by TeamLab users?
If yes, which programs should we make available within TeamLab?

Here, we need your help. We’ve created a short survey and would really appreciate if you took part in. Just follow this link to answer our questions.

We’d be also glad to receive your comments and suggestions. If our ideas ever get off the ground, depends on you, so do not hesitate to drop us a line here or send us an email.

Comments (19)
  1. December 19, 2010 at 8:37 am

    If this only runs on Windows, then it’s not going to work for me or many members of my team.

    • December 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      Actually we have in mind to develop virtualized apps for other operating systems in future, so if you could specify which OS you are using and what kind of apps exactly you would like to use within TeamLab or Virtual11 service, that would help us a lot.

  2. Jason Clarke - Reply
    January 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I use a Mac with OS X 10.6 and I’d like to use the documents and IM app.

    • January 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Hello Jason,
      It’s possible to use TM Talk when working under Mac OS. As to our new TM Docs module, it will be mostly compatible with Mac OS, but unfortunately it won’t be possible to edit documents with our Open-Office plug-in using this OS, sorry.

  3. Evgeny Kabanov - Reply
    January 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    We’re waiting for TeamLab Docs module. When would it be released?

  4. Olga - Reply
    January 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Evgeny,currently we are testing the Docs Module. So it’s going to be released in February

    • Evgeny Kabanov - Reply
      February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for your answer. Let’s wait.

      • Evgeny Kabanov - Reply
        March 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

        We’re still waiting for Docs module… February has already passed, but there are no news.

  5. Bill Bellows - Reply
    February 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    We need a simple, shared calendar!!!!

    • February 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Hello Bill,
      The calendar will be available in one of the new versions of TeamLab, which will be released in the 1st quarter of this year! 😉

  6. Evgeny Kabanov - Reply
    March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    We’re still waiting for Docs module… February has already passed, but there are no news.

    • Olga - Reply
      March 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Evgeny, sorry for this delay! We are making final corrections. This week you’ll see the module.

      • Evgeny Kabanov - Reply
        March 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        Thanks a lot! We are going to test the module.

  7. Darren Kramer - Reply
    March 4, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Hi Victoria, sorry if this is off-topic but I noticed on Sourceforge you said that there might be a permission system added in the Q1 update. Is that the still the case? I am IN LOVE with Teamlab after just 2 days – but we work with mostly independent contractors so being able to keep some things private and only give permission to say a single project would be so key. Along with this is the ability to give clients a login to view just the projects we are working on for them.

    I would be willing to pay for those features BTW if you ever commercialize the product.

  8. Olga - Reply
    March 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Darren, sorry for the late reply!hope you don’t mind if I answer your question 🙂
    We do plan introducing permission rights system this spring. As soon as it’s ready, we will inform you!

  9. Jaime Leon - Reply
    March 13, 2011 at 7:31 am

    First of all, congratulations, TeamLab is fantastic!!

    I´m waiting for the calendar to introduce TL to my group, I know they´ll love it.

    Cheers, congrats and, please, the calendar!!

    • Olga - Reply
      March 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Jaime, thanks for congratulations!We are working on calendar and plan to add it with a bunch of other functions this spring.

  10. Gabriel - Reply
    March 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

    i installed TeamLab On windows 2003 server but i cannot see the Documents Module. can you give me some help?

  11. Olga - Reply
    March 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Gabriel, we’ve sent the answer to your e-mail.

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