New Notes Clients Go Mobile, Webward

More details about the two new versions

of Lotus Notes client software due out later this year were provided today at

the annual Lotusphere trade show. One version, iNotes, will allow users to

access messaging and collaboration functions via any standard Web browser, and

the other new version, Mobile Notes, is for handheld and wireless devices.

Lotus Development Corp. officials also said today that engineers are busily working on "annoying" problems with Notes R5 and so a future version will, for instance, be able to multitask more quickly and provide enhanced calendar functions, including better printing capabilities. A time line for the new version is not being offered here this week.

Apart from announcing those enhancements, and that Notes has reached some 56 million users, Lotus is focusing its client software spotlight on the two new versions.

The iNotes release expected later this year will include Domino Off-Line Services, which will let users replicate data from Domino servers without using the full Notes client, and then use the database information offline, including reading and responding to e-mail. iNotes also will provide users access to Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook e-mail.

The Domino Client Access License will include iNotes for the Web, for Outlook and Domino Off-Line Services for US$50 per user. The iNotes version for Microsoft Outlook only will be out the first half of this year for Windows 32-bit platforms, and an OS/2 version will be out in the second half of the year, Lotus said.

The other client-side software announced here, Mobile Notes, works on the Palm platform and other handheld devices and also will enable users to work with data offline. Users will be able to access e-mail, calendar, directory and other applications. Mobile Notes access to Domino mobile services is expected to be available this quarter. Device-specific availability and pricing information will be announced later, Lotus said.

Lotusphere continues here through Thursday.

Lotus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-617-577-8500 or at http://www.lotus.com/.

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