Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ed Brill: News and announcements from the Lotus Collaboration Summit

Handy summary from Ed Brill (handy in part because you'd have to be an investigative reporter to create a similar summary from information available on the IBM site...)

In a 2+ hour keynote, there was a lot of news.  In addition to the Lotus Symphony announcement and the news that a sustained line-of-business advertising campaign for Notes 8 has begun, there was other news:

  • Announcement of IBM's Applications on Demand service for Lotus Notes.  This is a pay-as-you-go service offering for Notes messaging, which Mike Rhodin indicated is priced between US$5 - $10 per user per month. I've been working with the AoD team as this offer gets going, and found that they have a lot of flexibility around what services to offer and at what price points.
  • Announcement of Notes/Domino 8.0.1.  I'll post a separate blog entry with the feature list from this announcement, planned for availability in Q1, 2008.
  • Announcement of a new Domino Web Access lightweight mode, a very fast and lightweight UI for DWA coming in 8.0.1.
  • Announcement of Notes Traveler, a new feature of Domino 8.0.1 to support push mail to Windows Mobile devices at no additional cost.  This announcement was in addition to the existing partnerships with RIM, Nokia, Motorola's Good Technology, CommonTime, iAnywhere, and Visto.
  • Announcement of Quickr 8.1, a 2008 release including a connector for Notes 8, a connector for Microsoft Outlook, performance and usability improvments, personal file sharing services, and enablers for integration with enterprise content management systems.
  • Announcement of a new product, the Quickr Content Integrator, designed to bring content from a variety of IBM and non-IBM content repositories into the Quickr environment with no customization required.
  • Announcement of Lotus Forms 3.0, a updated version of the product which includes a zero-footprint web-based filler.

Ed Brill

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