Lotus has demonstrated upgrades to Domino Mail Server and Notes Client, both due to ship on 10 October.
Support for additional protocols is a key feature of Mail Server 4.6 and Notes 4.6 Client. These include Imap, LDAP, SMTP/Mime, NNTP and HTTP 1.1. Java support is offered and Pop3 support also enables the server to be accessed by non-Lotus clients such as Microsoft Explorer and Eudora.
A Notes Designer tool for Domino is also available with this release, with support for HTML, Java and the Lotus Bean Machine for Java. Lotus has redeveloped its client to provide closer integration with Microsoft Explorer. It uses an integrated ActiveX Explorer component, which allows users to view Web pages through Notes.
For workgroup users, Web pages or word processed documents created in Office 95 or 97 can be viewed at source via links to the database rather than as file attachments. This allows the document to be freely updated. A Web agent facility is also included to alert users to changes to a specified Web page or site. Users can also view all their different mail services from a universal inbox.
Also available in Europe is an Intranet Starter Pack for companies or business units with up to 200 employees. It is bundled with Domino 4.5.1 but a version with 4.6 will be available before the end of the year. Users can add their own clients such as browsers or purchase Lotus clients. It is available on NT in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish, and is priced at #1,200.
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