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IBM clarifies that it is not releasing LotusNotes for the iPhone at its upcoming LotusSphere conference

Earlier this week, DailyTech provided coverage of Apple's record setting fiscal first quarter, which was thanks, in part, to growing acceptance of its iPhone among business circles.  There was growing rumors that there would be even more good news for business-oriented iPhone users, as several sources close to IBM claimed that the electronics giant was about to release a version of its Lotus Notes business email suite on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Now IBM is making it expressly clear that while such a product is in the works, it will not be releasing it at IBM's LotusSphere conference next week, as previously anticipated.  An IBM spokesperson spoke with ZDNet Australia, stating, "It's not something that (is) ready to go out and market or launch."

The spokesperson, when questioned about why the rumors started up, attributed them to an earlier demonstration of the upcoming software. 

This official statement from IBM contradicts the Associated Press report that started the buzz this week.  The Associated Press report claimed that the software would be released at LotusSphere and would be available free of charge via download to users with an active Lotus Web-access license or for a yearly fee for new customers.

The software was supposed to drive further business sales of the iPhone, but whether users even care about this revelation remains to be seen.  Some analysts remain skeptical that the hip iPhone and the somewhat droll world of Lotus Notes even overlap in terms of user base.  Says Kevin McIsaac, an analyst at research firm IBRS, "I can't really imagine someone who's really hip and cool--like an iPhone user--wanting to use Lotus Notes."

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RE: Analysts...
By WileCoyote on 1/24/2008 8:37:04 PM , Rating: -1
I assume you mean iphone and not ipod?

The iphone has been great for my business - a smart (not hip_ movie. I'll continue to make more money while you call people names.

RE: Analysts...
By WileCoyote on 1/24/2008 8:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
correction = a smart (not hip) move.

RE: Analysts...
By eye smite on 1/25/2008 1:14:43 AM , Rating: 5
We're all happy you like your iphone, but it's considered more a tech toy/luxury than a true business instrument. I guess you'll have to wrap your mind around that eh?

RE: Analysts...
By Shoal07 on 1/25/2008 7:25:02 AM , Rating: 1
Whatever it's considered, it's almost just as business functional as any windows 6.1 phone. Sure, I loose the ability to edit word and excel files, and that may be important to some, but no serious edits to any document are going to be done with any smartphone (unless a person hates themself). On top of that, the interface is much more efficent, easier to use, and quicker. Once set up, I can access _all_ my email accounts faster than I ever did on any other smartphone.

Lotus notes will help to change this perception but that's all it is really going to do, change a perception. The functionality for what most business users use a smartphone for is already there.

RE: Analysts...
By lukasbradley on 1/25/2008 9:30:36 AM , Rating: 5
Two key words from your post.

Almost and perception.

In my personal opinion, those sum up all of Apple's products.

RE: Analysts...
By bhieb on 1/25/2008 9:39:36 AM , Rating: 2
Your insane it is no where close to my Tilt.

Yes it is a bit quicker, for showing off pictures and videos, but how is that business related?

However it needs the following.

3G! If you are serious about business then high speed is a must, not for the phone but when you tether it. Most people on the road have a laptop with them, they just don't want to drag it out. Which leads me to the next line.

Tethering - again when I do need to remote in to the office and do some real work I want to use my laptop, and I don't want to pay for another data plan.

VoiceCommand - I cannot overstate how good this feature is. To be able to manage calls and appointments without taking the phone out of my pocket is awesome (and with no training Recording Voice Tags is a joke).

Full Keyboard - The iPhone's will do in a pinch, but for any serious typing a tactile is much better.

Built in GPS - Google maps is free and with TomTom I can have a full blown GPS.

Exchange DirectPush - Waiting 10-15 minutes for an email to show up on IMAP is a joke, if you can even get your office to enable it. And even if all goes well it still does not sync the calendar and contacts. Great for those who have assistants that keep their appointments up to date.

RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/25/2008 9:44:22 AM , Rating: 4
You are forgetting the most important app - email. 99% of the enterprise email market uses Blackberry Server or MS Exchange ActiveSync. Apple needs to support one or the other (or both) to succeed in this sector. IF not, they will never even get anywhere.

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