The application is called Lotus iNotes Ultralite, and it enables an iPhone user to have secure access to corporate e-mail, calendar, and contacts. The app will be free for Lotus Notes license holders, and users will be able to access their Notes information through the Safari mobile browser.
"We've been using Lotus Notes and Domino software for years. Now that there's a light version for the iPhone, we're completely rethinking our mobile strategy," said Jason Michels, Aurora Health Care's e-mail network manager, in a statement. "Lotus iNotes Ultralite simplifies the way we transfer e-mail and calendar information to cellular phones, which could save us a lot of trouble and money."
The iNotes Ultralite program will be included with the Lotus Notes software 8.0.2, which the company said raises performance and uses 20% less memory than previous versions.
While Research in Motion's BlackBerry is still the corporate king in the smartphone market, this move is potentially critical for enterprise adoption of the iPhone, as there are more than 140 million licensed users of Lotus Notes and Domino software.
Apple took strides to ensure that the iPhone 3G was ready for corporate networks by including more security features and tightly integrating Microsoft's Exchange e-mail server. Some companies are using the iPhone 3G for their mobile workforce, although others still see the iPhone as a tight fit for the corporate network.
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