IBM Integrates IM into Lotus Notes and Domino

Sep 23, 2003


      Bookmark and Share

IBM Corporation has announced IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5, messaging and collaboration platforms. The latest version of Lotus Notes and Domino integrates IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing functionality, giving users on-line "awareness" capabilities and the ability to initiate instant messaging (IM) sessions from their in-box or from within a collaborative application. While both Lotus Notes and Domino and Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing can be purchased separately, IBM also announced a limited-time promotion for Notes and Domino 6.5 customers.

IBM has designed the new version of Lotus Notes and Domino with integrated IM capabilities to help end-users manage the increasing volume of electronic information and the increased speed of business. The Lotus Notes 6.5 interface provides a unified entry point into various collaborative applications and capabilities. Users can access collaborative tools such as messaging, instant messaging, search, and calendaring and scheduling, along with other applications and capabilities from the Lotus Notes 6.5 client, rather than as separate applications.

Enhancements to Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 include: Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing (formerly Lotus Sametime) integration; Enhanced spam handling features; Simplified user interface; Increased inbox and information management (print email without distribution list option, drag-and-drop capabilities to Calendar and To Do bookmarks, and the ability to export Notes data to other applications); Advanced Domino Web Access functionality with junk mail rules, follow up flags, multiple time zone, and off-line support; and Heightened security features for Domino Web Access.

With the release of Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5, IBM is announcing a special promotion. From October 1, 2003 until December 31, 2003, all Lotus 6.5 customers with active maintenance agreements are entitled to receive a license allowing up to twenty individual users to use IBM Lotus Instant Messaging, as well as a license allowing up to twenty individual users to use WebSphere Portal Express at no additional charge.

The Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 product family will be available for download on September 30, 2003. The Domino Messaging Server v6.5 starts at $1,145 per processor, while the Domino Enterprise Server v6.5 starts at $2,964 per processor and the Domino Utility Server v6.5 is available for $15,067 per processor. Lotus Notes v6.5 with Messaging license starts at $89.82 per user, while Lotus Notes v6.5 with a Collaboration license starts at $125 per user. Lotus Domino Web Access v6.5 starts at $62.80 with a messaging license per user, while Lotus Domino Web Access with Collaboration license starts at $97.12 per user. Lotus Domino Collaboration Express starts at $119 per users, while Lotus Domino Utility Server Express starts at $5000 per processor.

(http://www.ibm.com), (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/messaging), (http://www.lotus.com)