Here at the Liferay West Coast Symposium, Bryan Cheung (CEO) and Paul Hinz (CMO) just announced the newest and upcoming version of the company’s Liferay Portal 6.1, as well as the developer community release of the new Liferay Marketplace. Liferay, Inc. hopes these moves represents a showing of strong new convergence of portal, web content management and modular applications for Liferay products.
Personally, my focus in this article was going to be soley on Liferay Portal 6.1 but after talking to some of Liferay's partners and users, I've been convinced that the Marketplace is going to be a big deal for almost everyone involved with Liferay. The goal of the marketplace is to not only build better apps for the end user but also to "get everyone to share" among the community. Below you'll find discussion on the Liferay Marketplace and in the second section discussion of new features found in Liferay Portal 6.1.
Liferay Marketplace provides Liferay’s worldwide community of developers and partners a channel for selling applications and plugins to Liferay’s nearly 1 million installations worldwide (yea, that's a big number). First previewed at the Liferay East Coast Symposium in May, Marketplace hits the first phase of its launch at the West Coast Symposium with a developer-ready release, which includes a system developer kit for app development.
Marketplace is now awaiting plugin contributions from a roster of Liferay's partners—several have signed up already to contribute to Marketplace's launch, including Alfresco, Vaadin, TandemSeven, salsaDev, Roambi, Omegabit, Xtivia, ProfIT Software and SocialEkwity. Liferay Marketplace’s goal is to provide simplicity and usability combined with Liferay Portal’s built-in web content management will allow users to build websites and portals at tremendous speeds.
“Marketplace and Liferay Portal 6.1 together should increase the market for portal-based applications and the speed of deployment of new features to existing websites and portals,” said Paul Hinz, Liferay’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Marketplace will also reduce the cost-per-application worldwide similarly to the cost reduction seen in the mobile market.”
Liferay Portal 6.1
Liferay Portal 6.1, the latest edition of Liferay’s award-winning platform will focus on the convergence of WCM and Portal in the enterprise and introduces exciting new capabilities in document storage, content management and social collaboration while improving the user experience.
New feature highlights in Liferay Portal 6.1 include:
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