Brief: IBM announces availability, price of Lotus Notes 6.5

The new version adds instant messaging and other new tools

A new version of IBM's Lotus Notes messaging client that adds instant messaging and other new tools will be available worldwide at the end of September, with licenses starting at about $90 per user, IBM spokesman Michael Kiess said today.

The new Lotus Notes 6.5 and Domino Web Access 6.5 clients will let users see whether colleagues are available online and exchange messages directly from their in-boxes or other collaborative applications, such as the calendar, Kiess said.

By integrating instant messaging with e-mail, IBM is pursuing a course similar to that taken by competitors, such as Microsoft Corp.

The newly integrated Lotus Notes Instant Messaging function is based on IBM's Sametime software, according to Kiess.

Lotus Notes 6.5 customers in the U.S. with maintenance agreements can receive a free 20-license pack for IBM Lotus Instant Messaging, the spokesman said. That offer, however, won't be available to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he said.

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