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IBM Ships Lotus Notes & Domino 8

IBM announces that after two years in development and testing by more than 25,000 businesses around the world, Lotus Notes 8 and Lotus Domino 8 are available now. IBM Lotus Notes 8 and IBM Lotus Domino 8 represents the industry's first enterprise collaboration solution largely designed with input from its customers.

Research and insight gained from IBM R&D Laboratories and businesses worldwide indicate overall collaboration has superceded email as the key characteristic of their desktop experience. Consequently, Lotus Notes 8 is designed to transform the inbox into an integrated workspace that brings together email, calendar, instant messaging, office productivity tools and custom applications.

Lotus Notes 8 is much more than email. Lotus Notes 8 integrates work by building in instant messaging and presence awareness, office tools to create and edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets and by infusing a business' custom applications, including Help Desk, CRM, Sales Force, Discussion Forums, Blogs and more. Lotus Notes 8 organizes key applications neatly in the inbox via a newly expanded sidebar, putting the user's most valuable resources within sight after log on.

Lotus Notes 8 provides instant productivity through immediate access to people, current projects or activities, and information without leaving the inbox. Time can be saved through a new search tool that lets users automatically extend searches beyond email and contacts to Web and hard drive file searches. Face can be saved through the "message recall" feature which enables users to quickly recall an email message after it has been sent by mistake, sparing a user from possible miscommunication. In addition, through the new "conversation" feature, users can view all individual messages in their inbox - the traditional approach - or they can now view their emails grouped together in related conversations or threads by subject. Hundreds of emails can be immediately reduced to dozens of conversations.

IBM is enabling Notes and Domino customers to add the Activities component of Lotus Connections directly into Notes. Licensed separately, the Activities option enables the worker to share collaborative content such as documents, email, instant messaging and other items related to a project into one logical unit. Inspired by IBM Research Labs and developed by Lotus, the Activities feature of the Lotus Notes 8 release uses Web 2.0 technologies such as Backpack, Atom, Tagging, REST, Ajax and JSON to deliver a lightweight, web-based collaboration offering.

Companies of all sizes, industries and technology lineages are embracing ND8 as the most comprehensive and versatile open collaboration platform they've used. Lotus Notes 8 includes the IBM Lotus productivity tools enabling users to create open standards-based versions of spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, in addition to supporting many file formats from traditional stand-alone applications. These tools are included at no additional charge with Lotus Notes & Domino 8. The productivity tools support the Open Document Format, allowing users to import and export supported file formats used by Microsoft Office and save them either in the original format or ODF.

Lotus Notes 8 and Domino 8 support a variety of platforms, including Linux and Windows for clients and Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, AIX and IBM System i for servers.

Built on eclipse.org open standards, Lotus Notes 8 supports businesses' existing applications and extends their life by combining them through mashups with newer applications, resulting in composite applications that can help provide deeper insight into key business functions. For example, on a single screen, developers could link a Domino-based Sales application with a supported Human Resources system running on another platform.

Lotus Notes 8 is built on the programming model of Lotus Expeditor 6.1.1, which is based on eclipse.org open standards. Lotus Expeditor 6.1.1 enables the construction and deployment of enterprise mashups, also known as composite applications. With the inclusion of the Lotus Expeditor programming model, developers can integrate these same Composite Application capabilities into the Notes user experience. The Lotus Expeditor platform is also separately licenseable at additional charge for customers who want to create their own user experience for line-of-business applications spanning PDA, Smartphone and Desktop systems that optionally connect into existing infrastructure.



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