Oracle has denied it is in talks with IBM?s Lotus unit about bundling Lotus? forthcoming Java-based Kona components with its InterOffice groupware platform.
According to US reports Jeff Papows, Lotus? president, said last week that, while the details of the deal had yet to be finalised, he expected Oracle to outline its plans for Kona at its Open World user conference in Tokyo next week.
But Adrian Morrish, Oracle?s InterOffice product manager, said: ?We haven?t said that we?re providing support for Kona in InterOffice. It?s not an official announcement and we?re not doing it.?
Kona, which is not due to ship until the summer, would appear to be a complementary offering to Oracle?s own Hat Trick offering, which comprises word processing, email and spreadsheet Java-based applets.
Kona is also a desktop interface and set of applications for network computers, but is based on Java Beans components.
The applications include a spreadsheet, word processor, charting and project scheduling packages, presentation graphics, calendaring and email. They can be used individually or snapped together.
But, Morrish added, that Kona would definitely not be included in InterOffice 4.1, which was scheduled to go into beta in a couple of weeks time, for shipment in May.
The new release will include Hat Trick, but the spreadsheet component is scheduled to ship in future maintenance releases.
Version 4.1 of InterOffice will also include a Java-based software development kit for building InterOffice-based applications. The tools enable users to take HTML code and generate a Java application that can talk to the InterOffice workflow engine.
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