A quarterly update to Lotus Development's Domino R5 will add support for Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM). The update will ship within 30 days.
XML support will make it easier to set up server-to-server communications between Domino and other environments, the company said.
Domino R5 won't store XML directly but will parse XML documents and store them in its native format.
However, Lotus has stated that it intends to offer native support for XML in the future.
Support for COM will give developers using Microsoft tools an easier way to leverage Notes/Domino features, said Chris Reckling, senior product manager for Domino Designer and XML.
Previously, Domino supported OLE, which only runs on the desktop and required the Notes client to be active.