1/16/2008

IBM to add software for Apple devices

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:16 am

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.

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.

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.

With these moves, IBM is trying to find more avenues for its software and take advantage of Apple’s natural affinity for Microsoft alternatives.

 

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