Lotus Launches Public Beta Testing for New Release of Notes and Domino First Public Release Gives Early Look at New Functionality and Begins Company's Most Extensive Beta Program Ever

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lotus Development Corporation

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Lotus Development Corporation,
 an IBM company, today released the first public Beta test version of the next
 release of Notes, Domino, and Domino Designer.  Code-named Rnext, this new
 release represents a fundamental shift in development methodology that is
 designed to deliver the highest quality product by soliciting active customer
 participation at an earlier stage in the development cycle.  Today's beta
 release aims to deliver significant new value, including increased
 collaborative capabilities and innovations for application developers, while
 providing significant improvements in administration, standards integration
 and performance.
     "I have been very impressed with the stability of Rnext Preview," said
 Steve Davis, Chief Technology Officer of Collaborative Learning Network, an
 Advanced Lotus Business Partner.  "I would consider this release far more
 polished than any other preview release I have seen.  It is evident that Lotus
 is keenly focused on delivering a high-quality product, and I look forward to
 the next beta and the final release."
     As part of the ongoing evolution of the market leading Notes and Domino
 platform, successful technology innovations from previous versions of Notes
 and Domino will be part of the foundation of Rnext.  Notes and Domino is the
 core of Lotus' messaging and collaboration portfolio, complemented by
 technologies such as Lotus Sametime, QuickPlace, iNotes Web Access, and Mobile
 Notes, and closely integrated with IBM software technologies such as
 WebSphere, DB2 and Tivoli management software.
     Notes and Domino, with over 78 million users, are at the heart of many of
 the world's busiest corporate Intranets, extranets, and messaging systems.
 Consistent with this quality imperative, Lotus plans an extensive Beta program
 for Rnext, allowing Notes and Domino customers to begin early internal Beta
 testing and pilot projects.  This will permit customers to work in concert
 with Lotus during the development cycle, influencing product design and
 affording them longer timelines to plan their future enterprise-wide upgrades.
     "Today's beta release is just the beginning of a rigorous testing program
 for Rnext," said Jeanette Horan, executive vice president of worldwide
 development and support, Lotus Development Corp.  "Notes and Domino is the
 world's number one messaging and collaboration platform, and Lotus is
 committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products.  Our
 continuing mission is to ensure that our customers and partners feel confident
 in their Lotus investment, so we've designed an extensive beta testing program
 that will not only allow our customers to get an early look at Rnext, but will
 also allow Lotus to incorporate massive amounts of customer feedback into the
 final product."
 
     Availability
     The Notes and Domino Rnext Beta 1 release is available now from
 http://notes.net/rnext.  The Domino server Beta is available for Microsoft
 Windows NT and Windows 2000, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris/SPARC, and Linux (IA-32)
 server platforms.  The Notes client beta is available for Windows 32-bit
 operating systems and Macintosh clients.  The Domino Designer beta is
 available for Windows 32-bit operating systems.  Additional Domino server
 platform support, including IBM OS/400 and IBM OS/390 will be added in future
 beta updates.  Final pricing and availability of Notes and Domino Rnext will
 be announced at a later date.
 
     About Lotus Development Corp.
     Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM
 Corporation.  Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products
 and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways
 in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success.
 Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical
 knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting
 the world's ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet.
 Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct
 and extensive Business Partner channels.  The company also provides numerous
 professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus
 Professional Services organization.
     Lotus and Lotus Notes are registered trademarks of Lotus Development
 Corporation and Lotus Domino and Domino Designer are trademarks.  All other
 trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: All news releases and related information on this topic are
 available on the Internet, via the Lotus Development Corp. press room at
 http://www.lotus.com/pressroom.
 
 

SOURCE Lotus Development Corporation
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Lotus Development Corporation,
 an IBM company, today released the first public Beta test version of the next
 release of Notes, Domino, and Domino Designer.  Code-named Rnext, this new
 release represents a fundamental shift in development methodology that is
 designed to deliver the highest quality product by soliciting active customer
 participation at an earlier stage in the development cycle.  Today's beta
 release aims to deliver significant new value, including increased
 collaborative capabilities and innovations for application developers, while
 providing significant improvements in administration, standards integration
 and performance.
     "I have been very impressed with the stability of Rnext Preview," said
 Steve Davis, Chief Technology Officer of Collaborative Learning Network, an
 Advanced Lotus Business Partner.  "I would consider this release far more
 polished than any other preview release I have seen.  It is evident that Lotus
 is keenly focused on delivering a high-quality product, and I look forward to
 the next beta and the final release."
     As part of the ongoing evolution of the market leading Notes and Domino
 platform, successful technology innovations from previous versions of Notes
 and Domino will be part of the foundation of Rnext.  Notes and Domino is the
 core of Lotus' messaging and collaboration portfolio, complemented by
 technologies such as Lotus Sametime, QuickPlace, iNotes Web Access, and Mobile
 Notes, and closely integrated with IBM software technologies such as
 WebSphere, DB2 and Tivoli management software.
     Notes and Domino, with over 78 million users, are at the heart of many of
 the world's busiest corporate Intranets, extranets, and messaging systems.
 Consistent with this quality imperative, Lotus plans an extensive Beta program
 for Rnext, allowing Notes and Domino customers to begin early internal Beta
 testing and pilot projects.  This will permit customers to work in concert
 with Lotus during the development cycle, influencing product design and
 affording them longer timelines to plan their future enterprise-wide upgrades.
     "Today's beta release is just the beginning of a rigorous testing program
 for Rnext," said Jeanette Horan, executive vice president of worldwide
 development and support, Lotus Development Corp.  "Notes and Domino is the
 world's number one messaging and collaboration platform, and Lotus is
 committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products.  Our
 continuing mission is to ensure that our customers and partners feel confident
 in their Lotus investment, so we've designed an extensive beta testing program
 that will not only allow our customers to get an early look at Rnext, but will
 also allow Lotus to incorporate massive amounts of customer feedback into the
 final product."
 
     Availability
     The Notes and Domino Rnext Beta 1 release is available now from
 http://notes.net/rnext.  The Domino server Beta is available for Microsoft
 Windows NT and Windows 2000, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris/SPARC, and Linux (IA-32)
 server platforms.  The Notes client beta is available for Windows 32-bit
 operating systems and Macintosh clients.  The Domino Designer beta is
 available for Windows 32-bit operating systems.  Additional Domino server
 platform support, including IBM OS/400 and IBM OS/390 will be added in future
 beta updates.  Final pricing and availability of Notes and Domino Rnext will
 be announced at a later date.
 
     About Lotus Development Corp.
     Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM
 Corporation.  Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products
 and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways
 in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success.
 Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical
 knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting
 the world's ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet.
 Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct
 and extensive Business Partner channels.  The company also provides numerous
 professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus
 Professional Services organization.
     Lotus and Lotus Notes are registered trademarks of Lotus Development
 Corporation and Lotus Domino and Domino Designer are trademarks.  All other
 trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: All news releases and related information on this topic are
 available on the Internet, via the Lotus Development Corp. press room at
 http://www.lotus.com/pressroom.
 
 SOURCE  Lotus Development Corporation