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Enterprise social-networking company Jive Software has launched new applications for the iPad and iPhone, and soon it will bring its Jive Present app to Android.

With the “consumerization of IT” and enterprise-focused businesses making mobile a priority, it’s important for Jive to stay vigilant with its mobile solutions. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jive competes with other enterprise networking solutions like Microsoft’s Yammer, Salesforce’s Chatter, and Tibco’s Tibbr — all of which offer strong mobile solutions.

The new iPad app is the biggest addition to the Jive mobile portfolio. It offers a feed of updates, document creation, and the ability to see trending items across the network. Another thing it includes is access to “virtual rooms,” which were introduced back in April.

“This is our first full iPad app, and it provides an elegant user experience,” Adam Mertz, Jive’s director of product marketing, told VentureBeat. “You can be connected to content, people, and places.”

Next up is the upgraded iPhone app. Jive has offered an iPhone app for receiving updates on the go for some time, but now it has been updated to function 50 percent faster and includes a new slide-out tab for navigation. Additionally, it includes customized activity streams, and users can mark items for action.

“Our customers are starting to use Jive more on mobile,” Mertz said. “We have to make it as fast as possible.”

While these iOS-focused updates are nice, Android users aren’t being completely left out of the Jive party. Jive will be updating its Jive Present app — which was just on the iPad — to work on Android tablets. Jive Present’s main purpose is as a digital-presentation tool, and there are at least some Android tablet owners out there that use their slates for business.

Finally, Jive has introduced a new mobile SDK that will give companies and developers the tools they need to build mobile apps that include Jive functionality. Many companies build their own internal apps, so offering the ability to build Jive into them could encourage more usage of the service.

Photo via Jive Software


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