There were the expected slew of announcements at Lotusphere Europe '98 recently, including an enhanced version of Lotus' Java-based office package ESuite and its new connectivity products.
Among the announcements was a 30 per cent discount for customers of competing messaging products who switch to Lotus Notes. In the past year the company, which is owned by IBM, has concentrated on discounts and easy migration tools to move users of its own legacy mail systems - such as cc:Mail and IBM OfficeVision and Professional Office System - to Notes/Domino.
On the new product front, Lotus rolled out ESuite Release 1.5, a Java-based software package that includes an e-mail client, a browser, a word processor, a spreadsheet, a calendar, an address book and presentation applets with a shared interface. It also includes the ESuite DevPack, designed to allow faster development of interactive intranet and extranet applications using ESuite software.
Designs on interfaces
Release 1.5 works with the application development tool Notes Designer for Domino 4.6.2 and allows developers to create applet interfaces using Notes Designer. The upgrade improves support for IBM's VisualAge for Java 2.0 and Symantec's Visual Cafe 2.5 development tools, according to Lotus.
Besides ESuite Release 1.5, Lotus announced an expanded multilingual application development tool designed for collaborative World Wide Web applications.
Another Lotus announcement involved new connectors designed to help transaction processing systems link with transactional data in Domino applications. The connectors are available for relational database management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.