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
style sheets, and RSS or ATOM feeds.
will also further tighten Lotus Notes
security with an e-mail security appliance called
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
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
In related news,
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
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 Lotus Sametime Unyte
Meeting, Lotus Sametime Unyte Share and
WebSphere Translation Server on its community Web site.