IBM to bring Lotus Notes email to Apple iPhone, iPod touch; Lotus Symphony for Mac

“E-mail software from IBM Corp. will be available on Apple Inc. iPhones and iPod Touch devices under a new partnership that brings together two big rivals of Microsoft Corp.,” Brian Bergstein reports for The Associated Press.

“IBM plans a formal announcement of the Lotus Notes e-mail package for Apple’s portable devices at its Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., next week. The software, which requires use of IBM’s Domino e-mail server program, will be free for users who already have a Lotus Web-access license and start at $39 per year for new users,” Bergstein reports.

“IBM also plans to release Lotus Notes and the free Lotus Symphony ‘productivity’ package — which includes documents, spreadsheets and other Microsoft Office-like software — for Apple’s Macintosh computers,” Bergstein reports.

“With these moves, IBM is trying to find more avenues for its software and take advantage of Apple’s natural affinity for Microsoft alternatives,” Bergstein reports. “If IBM, which counts 135 million Lotus users worldwide, can get companies to let their employees check Lotus e-mail on iPhones, the partnership could make Apple’s gadget more competitive with… business-targeted smart phones.”

Bergstein reports, “IBM and Apple, competitors in the early years of the PC market, traditionally have not worked closely together but now appreciate that ‘we have a lot in common,’ IBM spokesman Mike Azzi said. ‘We’re going to cross-pollinate.'”

Full article here.

Thomas Ricker reports for Engadget, “The software is free for those with existing licenses which means IT is going to have a hell of a time keeping it out of users’ hands. If true, the application would presumably be the first official, third-party app developed with Apple’s new iPhone SDK.”

Full article here.

Bill Ray reports for The Register, “iPhone users can already check email on Lotus systems using the web interface, but having a native client creates a much better user experience and features, such as push email, which are simply impossible using the Web Apps the iPhone currently supports.

Ray reports, “Apple will be launching the official iPhone SDK in February, but clearly it’s not just games companies who have had early access to it. IBM expects their application to be ready in about a month, so it seems likely that Steve Jobs is planning to announce a range of applications to go with the SDK when it’s launched.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “RadDoc” and “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]

31 Comments

  1. Guys, Steve Jobs is just milking the Mac for what it worth but he knows that the PC war has ended years, years, years ago.

    What he’s doing right now is focusing on the future, the next best thing, which is the iPhone. This is what matters today. Tha’s why corporations such as IBM are entering the bandwagon.

    Wait for the SDK to be released and you’ll see…

  2. Apple lost the PC war but will be the leader of the wireless portable computing devices one.

    Focussing on Mac market share is just distraction. The real power of Apple will be shown with the release of the SDK for iPhone.

    “Steve Jobs is planning to announce a range of applications to go with the SDK when it’s launched.” – End of discussion

  3. Guys, Steve Jobs is just milking the Mac for what it worth but he knows that the PC war has ended years, years, years ago.

    What a pile! Wars never end until one side concedes defeat. Not only did Apple never give up they went on to produce the finest computers and OS on the market today. Apple has been hitting on all cylinders for at least the last six years and are finally starting to reap the benefits.

    I predict that within the next two years, as the landslide in public opinion progresses, that even average folks will hang their heads a bit if they have to confess they still use Windows.

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