Whoa – IBM is planning to bring Lotus Notes email and Lotus Symphony (MS Office like apps) to the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. IBM is apparently going to be one of the first mainstream companies to release native software for the iPhone and iPod Touch plat form.  I’ve seen several high-profile software publishers mentioned […]
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Lotus Notes & Symphony for iPhone?

Whoa – IBM is planning to bring Lotus Notes email and Lotus Symphony (MS Office like apps) to the iPhone and iPod Touch platform.

IBM is apparently going to be one of the first mainstream companies to release native software for the iPhone and iPod Touch platnoteslogo1 form.  I’ve seen several high-profile software publishers mentioned as likely early recipients of the SDK and launchers of new iPhone apps, but don’t recall ever seeing IBM mentioned.

Lotus Notes is expected to be offered free for users who already have a Lotus Web-access license and start at $39 per year for new users.  That may bring in a lot of business users (more corporate inroads!) if companies will support access from the iPhone – but I can’t see too many individuals forking out $39 for an email client that’s always struck me as clunky and quite unpopular – most suits I know that use it moan about how much they miss Outlook.

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Lotus Symphony may draw a fair bit of interest though – especially if it ends up being the first / only game in town for a while in terms of word processor, spreadsheet, and Office-like native applications on the iPhone / iPod Touch.  I haven’t used a Lotus Office style app in a long, long time – but if they are the first, I’d certainly be giving them a look.

I wonder how hard Microsoft is now pushing with Exchange support and Office apps for the iPhone platform.  Seems like they should be looking hard at this, before other products become the established leaders on the platform once the SDK opens it up.  And you’ve gotta figure RIM – makers of Blackberry – are not loving this news.  Anything that gets iPhone a little foot in the door with enterprise has got to be a bit worrying for them.

Things should be very interesting next month when the SDK finally arrives …

Via: Apple Insider

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