It's been a year since IBM Corp.'s Lotus division first launched its Workplace collaborative software suite, but with the release of version 2.0 next month, Big Blue believes it will finally have all the components in place for a viable server-managed client software model. Based on IBM's WebSphere portal offering and the open source Eclipse 3.0 IDE framework, the platform supports a variety of components, delivered either to a browser or Java-based rich-client software. Available components include Messaging, Team Collaboration, Collaborative Learning, Web Content Management, and Documents, which enables collaborative document editing. Linux and Windows are supported immediately, with Mac OS X and handheld support forthcoming. Components are licensed on a per-user basis; contact IBM for pricing.
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