Lotus Software from IBM announced support for Mac OS X in the next version of its Lotus Notes messaging and collaboration solution, which is code-named “Rnext.”
“IBM Lotus software has a rich history of providing successful business-driven multi-platform solutions,” said Scott Cooper, VP of Lotus Solutions, in announcing the plans. “To this end, Notes Rnext on Mac OS X is a complete Notes client, with all of the same key capabilities of the Win32 environment.”
Rnext is the next phase in the collaborative infrastructure strategy for Lotus software, and builds on the success of Lotus Notes Release 5 (R5), he added. The Lotus Notes Rnext client will extend collaborative capabilities through the implementation of new features and capabilities, including enhancements in user-interface, messaging, calendaring and scheduling, mobility and performance, Cooper said. Mac OS X support in Lotus Notes will first appear in the next beta version of Rnext, which will be available for download during the first quarter of the year. Final name, pricing, and a shipping date have yet to be announced.