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IBM Australia has announced IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5, a messaging and collaboration platform.

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 that allows 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 20 individual users to use IBM Lotus instant messaging, as well as a license allowing up to 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 and scheduling, along with other applications and capabilities right from the Lotus Notes 6.5 client, rather than as separate applications.

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