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.
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.
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
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
at research firm IBRS, "I can't really imagine someone who's
really hip and cool--like an iPhone user--wanting to use Lotus