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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 retrospooty on 1/24/2008 11:09:58 PM , Rating: 1
OK, read my lips. 2 MAJOR camps. Those other solutions are hardly used at all in the real business world. Blackberry has the vast majortiy of the market, Active sync is the vast majority of the rest. Anything not using the 2 above are tiny insignificant non-factors in the enterprise mobile email market.

Lets review... This is an iPhone thread. The point here is that if Apple wants in the enterprise market they will need to support Blackberry server or MS-active sync. Either one will require working with the big boys of the industry (RIMM and MS). If they dont, they wont be a factor.


RE: Analysts...
By MatthiasF on 1/25/2008 11:52:07 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, the title of the article is "IBM Rains On iPhone, Lotus Notes Parade", the first comment of this thread details Note's marketshare and the only thing you've pushed was that in YOUR WORLD people only use Blackberries or Microsoft ActiveSync.

As others have mentioned the marketshare for Notes is higher than most of us Microsoft Exchange users tend to believe and companies putting IBM solutions to mobiles is possible.

The fact remains that if IBM can get a Notes or Workplace connector onto the iPhone before Microsoft, it could propel their marketshare further.

After writing my last article, I spoke with a neighbor that has a Treo running a Notes connector (Motorola's) and he works for a company that has over 20,000 on Notes.

They are out there, even though we don't see them.


RE: Analysts...
By retrospooty on 1/25/2008 12:27:06 PM , Rating: 1
"you've pushed was that in YOUR WORLD people only use Blackberries or Microsoft ActiveSync."


Yes, my world being that of international smartphone businesses, which I have been in for 6 years, since the dawn of the smartphone age.

I know there are some large companies out there that use Lotus Notes, but they use Blackberry to do their mobile enterprise email, since it is compatible, secure and widely used.

I also know IBM has mobile solutions, but it is A) not widely used and B) not ever going to be.

If Apple wants to make it in the extremely lucrative enterprise email sector, they have to work with the big boys of the industry, either RIMM's blackberry, or MS's ActiveSync. Thats all there is to it, and that is all I am saying. End of story


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