Lotus unveils iNotes Web Access

Hoping to bank on increased demand for browser-based applications, IBM Corp.'s Lotus Development Corp. launched its iNotes Web Access software Monday.

Targeted at roaming workers, corporate Notes users who need complementary Web access, as well as ASPs (application service providers) and ISPs (Internet service providers), the software offers full application functionality from anywhere with Internet access, the company said.

Using iNotes Web Access, customers can access personal and company information, such as calendar, e-mail and address book functions. The new Web-based application includes an instant messaging service and allows users to work offline.

Lotus iNotes Web Access is immediately available and comes as part of the company's Passport Advantage software subscription. For users without a subscription to this service, the software is available from resellers at a suggested volume price of US$48 per user. To use the software, customers must have a Domino server R5.0.8 for the Windows NT/Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, IBM AS/400 or IBM S/390 operating systems. Lotus iNotes Web Access runs with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.

The Web-based software is particularly suited for workers who change physical location and hardware, such as bank tellers and retail workers, said Amy Reuss Caton, Notes/iNotes messaging and collaboration products senior brand marketing manager.

According to Reuss Caton, the company has already seen strong interest in the product.

"There was pent-up demand for browser-based applications, and we released this product at the right time," she said.

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