Lotus Road Map

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-01-21 Print this article Print


Next in the Lotus road map are Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 software. Slated for release in the second half of 2008, 8.5 will include support for Apple's iCal standard; single sign-on with Windows applications; support for alternate directories; a central Notes ID vault; and de-duplication technology to copy weighty attachments and reduce storage consumption.

The release will also include major enhancements to the Lotus Domino Web application environment that will employ AJAX, style sheets, and RSS or ATOM feeds.

IBM will also further tighten Lotus Notes security with an e-mail security appliance called IBM Lotus Protector for Mail Security, Scharfman said.

Lotus Protector, the first in a series of security devices, is an anti-virus and anti-spam box based on the IBM Proventia Network Mail Security System acquired with IBM's purchase of Internet Security Systems. The machine will block spam at the appliance before it reaches the Lotus Notes server or affects Lotus Notes software users.

In related news, IBM will update its free Lotus Symphony office productivity suite by the end of January. Symphony Beta 4 software will allow independent software vendors to program utilities into the documents that let users directly access and manage business applications from Symphony.

This door swings both ways, as inventory data can be pulled into Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and extracted for reporting or collaboration. The Symphony team will also provide a set of IBM plug-ins, including IBM Lotus Sametime Unyte Meeting, Lotus Sametime Unyte Share and IBM WebSphere Translation Server on its community Web site.


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