Lotus is on track for a fourth-quarter release of Domino R5 after preview copies of its flagship product were last week made available to customer beta sites and 18,000 business partners worldwide.
The company plans to further whet the appetites of the messaging and collaboration market with a public beta to be made available in mid-August.
Among the new enhancements expected in Domino R5 are improved deployment and management features; wider Internet protocol support; and the increased integration of cc:Mail functionality.
The performance of Domino as a Web application server is also being further fine-tuned by the extension of the Domino Application Services - such as directory, routing and security services - to browsers and existing Web sites powered by Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS).
Leveraging IBM's research and development arm, Lotus will also integrate Internet clustering technology to provide failover and load balancing for browsers; intelligent projection clustering algorithms (ICPAs) to arrange large volumes of data hierarchically; tighter integration with enterprise data and applications; and enhanced search facilities that recognise criteria, even if they are misspelt.
But R5 will not be without its hiccups. At this stage, support for Novell's NetWare operating system will not be included in the release.
Instead, Domino will initially run on OS/390, OS/400, OS/2, Windows NT, AIX, HP-UX and Sun Solaris only.