Sneak preview into WPS 6

IBM is planning to release WPS 6 sometime about in 3rd Quarter 2006. I recently had a chance to check out some of the new features, WPS 6 will be getting shipped with.

* Updated Themes and Skins, Roll over menus
* Adding portlets have become easy. Now, one can easily drag and drop the same on to the page
* Document Manager look and feel have been updated. Out goes the drab look of the earlier Document Manager Portlet
* The Portlet search has been improved and ability to integrate better with external search engines
* After the BowStreet acquisition by IBM, the same have been integrated in WPS. So, now you have the WebSphere Portal Factory and Portal Application Templates to jump start your portlet development
* The WCM component has also undergone the look and feel change, with simplified administration and the same has been integrated with portal administration
* Portal Personalization has been improved, now the personalization rules can be applied to both portlets and portal pages
* Another new feature is the ability to bind the WPS with multiple LDAP's. This will go a long way in helping the user management.
* Improvements have been made in terms of scalability and performance of portal sites

Must say, exciting times are ahead for the WPS folks. I am eagerly waiting for the release of WPS 6.

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