Lotus and America Online (AOL) announced a deal at the Lotusphere user conference in Orlando to provide Notes users with customised news, web searching and information management capabilities.
The agreement, which was launched on Monday, will begin with Lotus' forthcoming Notes Release 5(R5) and daily news will be provided by AOL from a range of sources, including the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg.
News will be organised into more than 2000 topics, which users can access from their personalised start page. They will be able to access such resources as national Yellow and White Pages directly from their Notes R5 client, while Lotus SameTime Connect users will also be able to interoperate with AOL's Instant Messenger.
Eileen Rudden, senior vice president of Lotus? communications products division, said: "Organisations today need easy, quick accessibility to both information and people, to reduce the time spent searching for resources and increase the time utilising critical business information to enhance overall business productivity."
She added that Lotus and AOL would share advertising revenues, and the two companies expected to expand their collaboration significantly over the next few weeks.
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