Lotus, attempting to provide a simpler system for both users and administrators, has announced enhanced integration of Notes 4.5 and the Microsoft Windows NT operating system.
In a separate announcement, the company says its Web server technology called Domino is available for free on the Web at http://domino.lotus.com/. This version of Domino enables the Lotus Notes Release 4 server to encompass Internet protocols so it acts as a Web application server, says Lotus.
The NT integration announcement follows complaints last May about Microsoft's alleged refusal to release APIs for that portion of the NT operating system. Those APIs have since been released, according to a Lotus spokesman.
The NT integration also highlights an ironic twist in technology ownership and the often confusing relationships between competition and co-operation these days. Lotus is owned by IBM, which produces its own server operating systems that compete with Windows NT.
The Notes upgrade's enhanced integration with NT, due in September when the full product ships, will include:
* a single password log-in;
* the same user information in both systems;
* directory synchronisation with NT;
* NT event logging so Notes events can be logged and managed through the NT event log;
* support for Microsoft's Systems Management Server to provide software distribution and update capabilities from an NT server.
Notes 4.5, code-named Domino I, combines Lotus Notes with a Web server complete with native support for HTTP and HTML. Domino II, expected in the first half of 1997, will be Lotus's Web-only server, relying only on Web protocols, not Native Notes Protocols.
Lotus has also begun shipping its native Internet Simple Mail Transfer Protocol/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (SMTP/MIME) and cc:Mail message transfer agents (MTAs). A third MTA for X.400-based systems is scheduled to be available within 30 days, says Lotus.
Lotus is at http://www.lotus.com/.