IBM is to incorporate Real Network?s Web-streaming technology into Lotus Notes, delivering a punch in the eye to Microsoft.
From the beginning of next year Lotus Notes will include Real Networks streaming video and audio capability, confirmed IBM. The combined technologies will enable corporates to broadcast speeches on their networks as well as develop multimedia presentations and networked training facilities.
Real Network?s technology will be distributed to 25 million corporate Notes users.
The news is yet another major blow for Microsoft, which has been pushing its own streaming product, Media Player. Only a couple of months ago Intel announced that it is to license a new video technology, dubbed Real System G2, designed to increase the performance of Real Networks streaming software.
The Real System G2 streaming 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 through an intriguing market strategy. It gives its software away free, but it charges for the right to broadcast sound and video in a format which the software can receive.
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