Lotus, the IBM subsidiary, is to incorporate Real Networks' video and audio technology into Lotus Notes, delivering a poke in the eye to Microsoft's competing offering Media Player.
From the beginning of next year Lotus Notes will include Real Networks' Web-streaming multimedia capability, confirmed Lotus. The combined technologies will enable corporates to broadcast speeches on their networks as well as develop multimedia presentations and networked training facilities.
The technology will be distributed to 25 million corporate Notes users.
The news is yet another blow for Microsoft as it pushes its own technology.
Only a couple of months ago Intel announced its plans to licence a new video technology, dubbed Real System G2, designed to increase the performance of Real Networks' streaming software. The Real System G2 product line will include new Intel video technology - known as Intel Streaming Web Video - which optimises video playback performance on Intel-based PCs.
Real Networks is market leader in Web-streaming software thanks to an intriguing market strategy. It gives its software away for free but charges for the right to broadcast sound and video in a format which the software can receive. This policy has made the technology a de facto standard and the latest deal with Lotus could give the company further protection from a Microsoft incursion.
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