The IBM-Lotus launch of Kona, predicted here earlier, got unexpected backing from Sun, Oracle, Novell, Netscape and Intel, it emerged today.
Lotus, once the leading spreadsheet vendor with its 1-2-3 spreadsheet, has captured the hearts and minds of other vendors, it emerged.
But eSuite will use HTML as a document format, and not support Microsoft Office documents.
Lotus eSuite - formerly codenamed Kona - resembles the company?s SmartSuite desktop application suite, but will run on any client hardware equipped with a Java Virtual Machine which supports Java 1.1 applications.
It consists of a customisable user interface called eSuite WorkPlace, and a number of software components or applets. The WorkPlace includes an integrated Web Browser and 3270 and 5250 terminal emulation capability, allowing users to access IBM mainframe and AS/400 applications.
The eSuite applets will include a word processor, spreadsheet, e-mail, calendar, charting tool, presentation graphics and address book.
These applets will be stored on the server, and downloaded to the client when needed. Each will be about 500 KB in size, much less than full-blown desktop applications such as those in Microsoft Office or Lotus SmartSuite.
The eSuite WorkPlace is expected to ship in the first quarter of 1998 in the US. It will be priced at $49 for a single-user version. A server version which allows unlimited users is $1,495. There will be separate versions for PCs and NCs. Lotus has also announced DevPack, a set of tools to build Java applications. This will be available in the first quarter in 21 languages.
Lotus has built support for its Java-based application suite over the past few months, helped by delays in the development of two similar sets of Java productivity tools: Corel Office for Java (parts of which are to be shipped with Corel?s forthcoming Video NC) and Oracle?s Hat Trick. Still, the breadth of the industry support has surprised analysts.
The company will ship the eSuite WorkPlace with its Network Station NC. Oracle subsidiary NCI will license eSuite and offer it as options with their NCs, while Oracle itself will also offer the suite as an option with its InterOffice groupware solution. Sun endorses eSuite and says it will run on its JavaStation NCs.
Novell said it is working with Lotus to promote its IntranetWare NOS as a server platform for hosting and distributing eSuite applets. It also says that eSuite applets will be able to access Novell's network services, such as Novell Directory Services (NDS).
Netscape will let users download eSuite applets from its NetCenter online service, and America Online will work with Lotus to bring the applets to its users.
?This sounds like the whole anti-Microsoft alliance?, said IDC analyst Carsten Hejndorf. He said it is ?early days? for Java application suites.
?I don?t think there?s a huge market out there?, he said. ?There are so few NCs, certainly in Europe. So it will be quite some time before there is a need for such a product.?
Lotus also said that it, IBM, Oracle and Sun, were teaming to define a standard ?Webtop? specification, to ensure a consistent Java desktop environment for NCs.
We sacrificed our weekend to try out the new Vikendi map coming to PUBG - and rather liked it
12 of the 32 stars observed feature rings and gaps that are usually carved by planets in the process of formation
The experiment is currently underway at South Korea's Yangyang Underground Laboratory
Exoplanet HAT-P-11b is located about 124 light years from Earth