Domino to Support Microsoft Outlook

At Lotusphere 2000 last week, Lotus pledged it would support Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook client, enhance its Web tools and offer tighter integration between Domino Server and IBM's WebSphere application server.

Lotus officials offered few details on development plans around Microsoft's desktop client, except to say that the deal lets users access Domino calendaring and messaging from Outlook.

Lotus also said it will release later this year an iNotes client that will integrate Web browser and Outlook capabilities and offer off-line services, such as data replication to a PC not connected to the Domino server.

Web browser support is important, said Ralph Spencer, Lotus Notes administrator for aircraft certification at the Federal Aviation Administration. "We want to move toward a Web-based user interface ... with sufficient security, like authentication and verification," he said.

Lotus also demonstrated its Domino Designer tools for Web development and outlined its plans to integrate Domino back-end functionality with IBM's WebSphere.

Eric Veller, an information systems engineer at The Mutual of Omaha Cos. in Omaha, said he liked the server enhancements and tools demonstrated at the show but also wanted firmer commitments about delivery and beta availability dates from Lotus.

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