The latest version of IBM's Lotus Notes messaging client now includes instant messaging and will be available worldwide at the end of the month with licences starting at $90 per user.
The Lotus Notes 6.5 and Domino Web Access 6.5 clients will allow users to see whether colleagues are available online and to exchange messages directly from their inboxes or other collaborative applications, such as the calendar.
By integrating instant messaging with e-mail into Lotus Notes 6.5, IBM is pursuing a course similar to competitors such as Microsoft.
The integrated Lotus Notes Instant Messaging function is based on IBM's Sametime software.
Lotus Notes 6.5 customers in the US with maintenance agreements can receive a free 20-licence pack for IBM Lotus Instant Messaging. This offer, however, will not be available to customers in the Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) region.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service