IBM has released an upgrade to its flagship platform with the launch of Lotus Notes and Domino 7. Lotus Domino 7 includes new collaboration features and tools that can help improve productivity for IT administrators and corporate application developers, as well as new productivity enhancements to help Lotus Notes users work more efficiently. New visual indicators can help users organize and manage their in-box by highlighting high priority messages, as well as differentiating between group emails and messages targeted for specific users. New memory functions will automatically save and return to open documents and applications upon shut down and restart, which will give users additional mobility without worrying about losing data or hindering productivity. And instant messaging and presence technology, already integrated in the Lotus Notes client, has been expanded across the platform, including emails and calendar items, connecting users with experts and key contacts.
Lotus Domino 7 also includes new tools for application developers. IBM has upgraded the Lotus Domino 7 toolset to expand the reach of Lotus Domino applications while protecting their investment in Lotus Domino-based applications. Additionally, Lotus Notes and Domino 7 provides developers with the option of using either traditional NSF storage features or IBM DB2 as the foundation for new and existing applications. This new capability gives developers the option of leveraging open-standard SQL (Structured Query Language) and choosing the technology that best fits their skills and business needs. The IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 7 product family, including Lotus Sametime 7, Lotus QuickPlace 7, Lotus Domino Designer 7, Lotus Domino Web Access, the Lotus Domino Express products, and other product offerings is now generally available.
IBM Lotus Domino server software starts at an SRP of $1145 per CPU, while IBM Lotus Notes software starts at SRP $101 per client. IBM Lotus Domino Web Access 7, IBM's Web-based messaging client, starts at SRP of $70 per client. Lotus Domino 7 is currently available for Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows 2003; IBM iSeries, zSeries (z/OS and Linux), AIX 5.2 or 5.3; Sun Solaris 9; and Linux (x86)--SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 8 or 9. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 and Sun Solaris 10 support will be available within 30 days. Lotus Notes 7 is available for Windows 2000 and XP. Support for the Mac OS is planned for future release of Lotus Notes. Lotus Domino Web Access 7 is available on Microsoft Internet Explorer (Win32), Mozilla 1.7x (Linux) and Firefox 1.0.x (Win32 & Linux).