Lotus Development Corp. announced plans for the availability of Lotus Notes Release 5 (R5), the latest version of the world's leading client software for information management, messaging and collaboration, for the Macintosh operating system. By offering Notes for the Macintosh operating system, Lotus will provide businesses and enterprises of all sizes with unrivaled cross- platform solutions for messaging, collaboration and knowledge management. Notes R5 for the Macintosh will be generally available to Lotus Business Partners and customers later this summer.
The new Notes R5 client for the Macintosh is an integrated, Web-like desktop environment that will provide users with quicker access to and better management of diverse information. The Notes R5 Welcome page will serve as a "personal portal" linking Macintosh users to many types of information, including calendar appointments, e-mail, tasks, and intranet information. The personal portal also will connect Macintosh users to real-time customized news and information from America Online (AOL) or Lycos, including business, sports, financial, arts and entertainment, computers, science, technology or other Web content. Macintosh users will be able to easily track information within the Notes interface by using the Navigation Bar, Bookmarks and Window Tabs. The Notes R5 Macintosh client promises to deliver native support for Internet and major industry standards and protocols, and will work with any standards-compliant server. Theses features will help users maximize global communication and information sharing.
System requirements include a PowerPC or G3-based platform, Macintosh Operating System 7.6.1 or later, 32MB RAM (64MB preferred) and 100MB of hard-disk space. For more information on availability, pricing and platforms, visit the Lotus Home Page at http://www.lotus.com.
Lotus says that the North American English version should be shipping by the end of the summer, though no specifics have been offered. Notes for Messaging is priced at US$55, and Notes for Collaboration is priced at US$69.