IBM is releasing the beta version of its Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 software for handheld devices.
The new software will enable synchronising of data in Lotus Domino with Apple's iPhone as well as supporting Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync. The software will also include version 1.3 of IBM's free Lotus Symphony document, spread sheet and presentation applications.
"Providing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support via the Lotus Notes Traveler software is part of IBM's pledge to provide enterprises with the choice and flexibility to select the mobile devices and carriers that best suit their needs," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of messaging and collaboration at IBM. "This will allow employees 'on the go' to work smarter."
IBM is also including XPages developer technology in the Lotus Notes client for off-line use.
Dr R K Morgan, applications team leader of information services at Cardiff University in the UK, explained that his facility supports a diverse user base across multiple operating systems, and that many academic staff use Macintosh products and iPhones.
"Exchange ActiveSync support will allow us to deploy Lotus Notes to these iPhone users, allowing us to cater for the diverse mobile needs of our staff and students, " he said.
IBM has trawled hundreds of blogs and Twitter sites looking for feedback from users on its software, and has been making changes to deal with common problems and customer annoyances.
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