CRN weighs in on anticipated IBM software news ...

The underlying infrastructure that IBM is expected to outline remains Java-centric, with WebSphere Application and Portal Server as well as SyncML-based, bidirectional synchronization and replication designed to move data efficiently between servers and clients. As Lotus executives already have said, all of the user-interface work is based on Eclipse, using open-source technology such as Simple Widget Toolkit (SWT) to allow existing applications to run with their familiar interfaces in new environments.
And while IBM is expected to soft-pedal a potential antiMicrosoft message--since it makes a lot of money on Windows-based implementations--the company will talk about how customers will be able to use IBM-supplied plugins to run Microsoft Office applications in a secure Workplace environment, sources familiar with the plan said. For those who want basic spreadsheet, word processing and presentation graphics functionality, IBM also will offer Workplace "editors" that will do the bulk of what users need for a fraction of the Office price.
Looking forward to Monday....
Link: CRN: IBM Preps 'Mini' Middleware To Extend Workplace To Handhelds >

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