Messaging & Online Collaboration: IBM Taps Cloud to Deliver LotusLive E-Mail and Collaboration Suite

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-11-11 Print this article Print
IBM Taps Cloud to Deliver LotusLive E-Mail and Collaboration Suite

IBM Taps Cloud to Deliver LotusLive E-Mail and Collaboration Suite

by Andrew Garcia
The LotusLive collaboration suite, an IBM cloud service providing rich e-mail, calendar, contact management, instant messaging, social networking, file sharing, Web conferencing and document collaboration services, is a rebrand of the existing LotusLive Notes and Engage cloud services. Available at a much more affordable price than before—starting at $10 per user per month—LotusLive works well on Macs and PCs alike, supporting Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 5 well. Support for mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad is also possible using a scaled-down Web interface along with a free conferencing app. While the e-mail, PIM services and social networking shone in tests, the collaboration and conferencing tools lagged behind other audio and video rich cloud applications available today. To read the full review, check out "IBM LotusLive Cloud Collaboration Services Need More Work." Or if you have experience with the IBM LotusLive collaboration suite, LotusLive Notes or LotusLive Engage, share your thoughts at
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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