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IBM Integrates Instant Messaging Tools Into Latest Version of Lotus Notes and Domino, Blending Two of the Industry's Most Popular Collaboration Solutions

New Features in Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 Help Increase User Productivity and Manage Costs; Collaboration Tools to Be Provided at No Additional Charge

SOMERS, NY - 22 Sep 2003: IBM Corporation today announced IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5, one of the industry's leading messaging and collaboration platforms. The latest version of Lotus Notes and Domino integrates IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing functionality, giving users on- line "awareness" capabilities and the ability to initiate instant messaging (IM) sessions directly from their in-box or from within a collaborative application. While both Lotus Notes and Domino and Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing can be purchased separately, IBM also announced a limited-time promotion for Notes and Domino 6.5 customers.

IBM has designed the new version of Lotus Notes and Domino with integrated IM capabilities to help end-users manage the increasing volume of electronic information and the increased speed of business. By blending one of the industry's leading messaging and collaboration platforms with one of the industry's leading corporate IM solutions, IBM has created a collaborative solution designed to help maintain employee productivity and help companies more quickly respond to the needs of their customers and market opportunities.

With the release of Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5, IBM is announcing a special promotion to allow customers to leverage the business benefits of IM and portal technology within their Lotus Notes and Domino environment. From October 1, 2003 until December 31, 2003, all Lotus 6.5 customers with active maintenance agreements are entitled to receive a license allowing up to twenty (20) individual users to use IBM Lotus Instant Messaging, as well as a license allowing up to twenty (20) individual users to use WebSphere Portal Express at no additional charge.

In addition to new collaborative features and functions, IBM is continuing to expand support for open standards as a way to manage the costs associated with messaging and collaboration technology. Expanded support for Linux, including Domino Web Access and Domino for Linux on IBM zSeries eServer, gives Lotus Notes and Domino customers additional flexibility and helps drive down the total cost of ownership. IBM's support for Linux demonstrates a complete end-to-end vision for collaboration on Linux, and extends to both client-side and server-side software. The end-to-end portfolio gives our customers a broad choice of rich-featured Linux-based solutions for their business needs.

Lotus Notes 6.5 is the first release of Lotus Notes to embrace IBM's new Lotus Workplace strategy for integrating people with business processes. The Lotus Notes 6.5 interface provides a unified entry point into various collaborative applications and capabilities. Users can access collaborative tools such as messaging, instant messaging, search and calendaring & scheduling, along with other applications and capabilities right from the Lotus Notes 6.5 client, rather than as separate applications. The Lotus Workplace vision is to help combine employee productivity seamlessly with business processes, and to serve as the "front end" of IBM's On Demand strategy by arming customers with the collaborative tools they need to help react to market opportunities, customer demands and competitive threats. Lotus Notes and Domino will be an integral part of the Lotus Workplace strategy going forward.

"In today's corporate environment, businesses want their messaging solution to go beyond just e-mail -- instead, they want their messaging solution to be part of a larger collaborative platform that will help drive down costs and enhance employee productivity," said Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Lotus Workplace Products, IBM Software Group. "Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 will continue to give customers the security features and performance they have come to expect from IBM, while also providing an exciting entrée to the Lotus Workplace platform and its business benefits."

The entire family of Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 products continue IBM's tradition of delivering unmatched security features and advanced functionality for end-users, administrators and application developers. Key enhancements to Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 include:

Productivity enhancement features for end-users:

Cost effectiveness and flexibility for administrators:

New tools and features for application developers:

Pricing and Availability
The Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 product family will be available for download on September 30, 2003. The Domino Messaging Server v6.5 starts at $1,145 per processor, while the Domino Enterprise Server v6.5 starts at $2,964 per processor and the Domino Utility Server v6.5 is available for $15,067 per processor. Lotus Notes v6.5 with Messaging license starts at $89.82 per user, while Lotus Notes v6.5 with a Collaboration license starts at $125 per user. Lotus Domino Web Access v6.5 starts at $62.80 with a messaging license per user, while Lotus Domino Web Access with Collaboration license starts at $97.12 per user. Lotus Domino Collaboration Express starts at $119 per users, while Lotus Domino Utility Server Express starts at $5000 per processor.

All prices are in US dollars and reflect Suggested Volume Price (SVP) for introduction price point for Passport Advantage. Pricing includes licensing and 1-year software maintenance.

Additional details on the Instant Messaging and WebSphere Portal Express promotion are available on www.lotus.com.

Platform Support
Lotus Domino 6.5 is currently available for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2003 Advanced Server; IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400®), V5R1 and later; IBM zSeries (formerly S/390), z/OS V1R2 and later; IBM AIX Version 4.3.3x,5.1 and 5.2; Sun Solaris 8 and Solaris 9; and Linux (Intel), RedHat Advanced Server 2.1 (uni-processor only), UnitedLinux 1.0 SP2; Linux for zSeries - UnitedLinux 1.0 SP2.

Lotus Notes 6.5 is available for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Professional Edition; Microsoft Windows 2000, Professional Edition with SP3; Windows NT®, Version 4.0 (Intel® Pentium® only) with SP6a; Windows 98, Windows 95 (Second Edition installer minimum); Macintosh OS X (10.1 and 10.2).

Lotus Domino Web Access 6.5 is available on Windows XP or Windows XP Professional; Windows 2000 or Windows 2000 Professional; Windows 98; Windows 95; Windows NT, Version 4.0; Red Hat Linux, Version 7.2 or 8.0; SuSE Linux, Version 8.0 (United Linux, Version 1.0). Domino Web Access 6.5 supported browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 and 6.0; Mozilla, Version 1.3.1 (Linux client only).

For more information on the Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5 product family, please visit www.ibm.com/lotus/messaging.

Contact(s) information

Michael Shamrell
IBM Media Relations
(617) 693-1264
michael_shamrell@us.ibm.com

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