updated 11:30 pm EST, Tue January 6, 2009
Lotus Notes 8.5 announced
IBM (Booth No. 3418 N) is now shipping Lotus Notes 8.5 and also at Macworld Expo announced that a final version of its free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation software will be available later this month. Lotus Notes 8.5 offers an estimated 40-percent storage reduction by limiting attachments to a one-copy-only system and improves the user-friendly aspects of the software, arranging collaborative tools onto one screen, linking team rooms, instant messaging, to do lists, calendars and browsers all in one space.
Notes 8.5 is now integrated with Google, Yahoo and numerous smaller Internet calendars, and can display calendar listings from multiple sources in a single view. Using Safari, Lotus Notes license-holders can access notes from anywhere. It also offers support for Google widgets.
Lotus Notes 8.5 will ship later in January, with a similar licensing model. Mac requirements have not been announced.