Oracle to launch first software for NC next week

Oracle will attempt to loosen the grip of Lotus, Microsoft and Novell on the groupware market by pitching its Web-based offering, InterOffice, as the recommended server software for the network computer.

Oracle will attempt to loosen the grip of Lotus, Microsoft and Novell on the groupware market by pitching its Web-based offering, InterOffice, as the recommended server software for the network computer.

The Redwood Shores, California, company will launch InterOffice on June 20 in San Francisco and has designed the product to provide greater integration with the Internet than do its competitors, according to company sources.

Later point releases of the product will include personal productivity applications, such as a word processor, a spreadsheet and group calendaring and scheduling modules, sources say.

Based on the Oracle7 database, the product will include directory services, feature modules for publishing on the World Wide Web and managing workflow and comply with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and the Java programming language.

InterOffice will enable users to send and receive faxes, electronic mail and voice mail, as well as support discussion groups and calendaring, and will let any type of client access it.

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