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Monday, January 01, 2007

BM Releases Lotus Notes for the Mac

Mac users will be able to ring in the New Year knowing that IBM's Lotus Notes 7.0.2 client is now available for Mac OS X, offering enterprise users instant messaging, presence awareness, and Web 2.0 tools such as RSS technology and a blogging template. These Notes functions are already available for users of Linux and Windows operating systems.

Although Lotus Notes is primarily an enterprise tool, and Apple's Mac is mostly used by businesses in the limited sphere of art and publishing departments, the move will likely help consolidate the overlap many Mac diehards face.

The IBM release is also expected to help Apple garner more of the corporate desktop installed base, as the Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple tries to slug it out with Microsoft for more enterprise accounts.

Today's rollout, combined with the Mac support included in the September's release of IBM Lotus Domino Web Access 7.0.2, now appears to have placed Mac customers on even footing with IBM's Windows and Linux clients who use Notes.

In addition to enhancing collaboration through integrated instant messaging for Mac users, the software increases "presence awareness" by allowing users to communicate in real time across an enterprise from within Notes e-mail, calendar and contacts, according to IBM.

"Lotus Domino Web Access 7.0.2 will gives users all kinds of features and capabilities they've never had," Jason Dumont, IBM senior product manager, said in a statement.

IBM Gives Apple a Boost

Among the new capabilities detailed are security features like S/MIME-based encryption, secure log-off and the ability of users to change their own passwords, as well as everyday productivity enhancers like spell-checking, unread marks, out-of-office agents, according to IBM.

For Mac users, the Lotus Notes 7.0.2 client is a step up from the Web-based Lotus Domino messaging and capabilities they've had to date. Previously Mac users searching for a Web-based experience used the Lotus Domino WebMail template, which is based on dated Web technologies and offers only limited messaging functionality and performance.

Lotus Notes 7.0.2 for the Mac is available immediately, and will cost enterprise customers $101 per seat. [Source]


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