What's new in HCL Connections

Find out about features that are new or updated in this release of HCL Connections.

What's New in HCL Connections 7.0 Server Update and Component Pack 7.0 .0.1

There are two required critical updates for HCL Connections 7.0 which are:
  • The Connections 7.0 Update is a required update for Connections 7.0 that contains critical updates and language translations.
  • The Connections Component Pack 7.0.0.1 Multiplatform, Multilingual. Component Pack 7.0.0.1 contains critical updates and language translation
Refer to the following for additional information.

What's New in HCL Connections 7.0 and Component Pack 7.0

Download Connections 7.0, including Component Pack 7.0, from the HCL License & Delivery Portal
Technical Optimization
  • System Requirements
  • Connections and Component Pack - automating your install and sizing your delpoyment
  • Component Pack 7.0 now supports
    • The three latest major versions of Kubernetes.
    • Official support for Helm v3
    • Amazon EKS for Component Pack depeloyments. Use native Amazon ECR as your image registry, Amazon EKS as your Kubernetes cluster, Amazon EFS for your automatic volume claims, seamlessly integrate with Amazon ELB by using native Nginx ingress controller, and much more.
    • RedHat OpenShift 4 for Component Pack deployments, either on-premises or in the cloud.
    • Using provided automation, Component Pack was never easier to deploy, upgrade and monitor using Prometheus and Grafana, end to end, either in cloud or on your own server(s).
    • Easy integration of Prometheus JMX exporter with your Connections 7 stack and monitoring by Prometheus and Grafana running on your Kubernetes platform.
  • Roadmap to Connections 7.0
The initial release of HCL Connections 7.0 is only available in English.

Multiple language support for the Connections 7.0 user interface will be added to a future release. Refer to the Supported languages in Connections 7.0 for a additional information.

Tailor your community experience

A new experience makes it easier for users to create engaging Communities faster.

  • Creation Wizard - Step by step to success
    • Step-by-step - A step-by-step process takes users by the hand guiding them through the process of creating a Community. Creation wizard makes community setup easy
    • New Design - A clear and focussed design reduces the clicks and steps saving time and effort
    • Mobile Support - For the first time the complete experience is now available on mobile devices - users can complete the entire Community creation on their tablets (phone support to come).
  • Templates. Save time, repeat what works

    Wether you want to achieve a consistent look-and-feel across your organization’s Communities or you run repeatable projects that rely on best-practices as part of every new project - Connections Community templates dramatically shorten the time to get productive. Choose from templates with prepopulated content to support your specific objective.
    • Templates populate new Communities with Layouts, Community applications, and Content (Files, Wiki, Blog, etc.). Enable your end-users to create engaging and successful Communities
      • Stay in control - Consistent quality is insured through Template Manager approved templates
      • Save time - Community owners get a head start with professional layouts rather than trying to make everything look good
      • Repeat Success - Start a new project with existing content aiding rapid and repeatable success
  • Highlights - Build the experience you need

    A new Highlights experience that seamlessly integrates standard Connections apps with dynamic and configurable widgets.
    • Highlights page is now the standard landing page for new communiities, and is even easier to lay out and customize. Easily add widgets from the traditional Overview page as well as Highlights widgets.
    • Updated Highlights Experience

      • Apps and Widgets side-by-side
      • Improved layout builder
      • Replaces Overview for new Communities
      • Aggregated views for Files, News, Blogs, etc

Using Connections and Microsoft Teams together

New integrations with Microsoft Teams saves you time from both ends!
  • From Connections:
    • Awareness icons for a person's name open a direct chat in Teams.
      Connections Location Steps
      The organization directory
      Directory screen showing Chat button on a person's business card
      The person's profile
      Profile screen showing Chat button

      The Orient Me home page
      Chat icon over person's image in orient me

    • Share a Connections page as a post in a Teams channel Apps selection window being displayed when Messenger extensions icon is clicked
  • From Teams:
    • When in Teams, share Connections content, or browse your files right from your chat window. A new Messaging Extensions icon in the conversation toolbar lets you easily find Connections files or other recently visited content and share a link to the channel.
      Add a tab window showing "conn" typed in filter field bringing the Connections option to the top
    • Add a Connections community app as a tab in your channel so that content from Files, recent updates, Highlights, or a wiki, blog, or forum are never more than a click away.
      Add a tab window showing "conn" typed in filter field bringing the Connections option to the top
  • From Connections or Teams:
    • Post links to Connections content in a Teams channel - Share to Microsoft Teams Share to Microsoft Teams button.

To learn more, see Using Connections and Microsoft Teams together.

  • Outlook Integration
    Newly built - supporting Outlook clients running on Windows, Mac, and in the browser. Use the Connections Add-in for Microsoft™ Outlook to work with Connections content from within your Outlook inbox.
    • Reduce clutter Save the entire email or just the attachments to where they are useful to others - as a shared File, a to-do in an Activity, as a knowledge article in a Wiki, or simply as a status update to share the good news!
    • Minimize redundancy Send emails with links to Connections files rather than attaching a local file again and again
    • You have options
      1. Share via link or as attachment if needed
      2. Use the Outlook client integration on Mac and PC or in your browser

    Screen shot of Outlook Plugin

  • Add SharePoint to your community

    Add the SharePoint app to a community for convenient access to Microsoft SharePoint documents and folders.

  • Roundtrip editing for Connections Files

    If you have the HCL Connections Desktop Plug-ins for Microsoft Windows installed and configured, you can check out a file, edit it locally with up to the latest versions of Microsoft Office, and then check it back into Connections. See Editing a Connections file in Microsoft Office.

Export and print content as .pdf

Turn your Connections content into a .pdf file for easy distribution and printing. For example, export individual pages from a standalone wiki, or export an entire community blog. For more information, see
Cloud Native Initative

Continuing on the path to drive down the total cost of ownership of Connections, specifically for the Component pack, HCL Connections now supports Amazon EKS and Red Hat Open Shift.

Interested in Connections Mobile?

Check out the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android for the latest information and release. Refer to HCL Connections Mobile product documentation for additional information.

What's new for end-users

For more information about new end-user features and functions in HCL Connections 7.0 see What's new in HCL Connections?