This morning, we announced several planned and available improvements to Lotus Notes Traveler, though not all the details were covered in the opening session.

First, let's get to the two big bits.  Today, IBM announced Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, which is IBM's first-ever application available on the Apple iPhone App Store.  It's available today at no charge.  Traveler Companion allows iPhone users to read their encrypted Lotus Notes Mail.  It requires a fixpack to Traveler 8.5.1, which was posted yesterday for download.  Also in that fixpack, by the way, is support for basic calendar workflow on the iPhone (accept/decline meetings etc.).  This is all cool stuff, and I'm especially proud of our engineering team for being the first mainstream e-mail vendor to directly support encrypted mail on the iPhone.

Image:Lotusphere 2010: Lotus Notes Traveler in 2010

Second, we announced a plan to deliver a Lotus Notes Traveler client for Android.  As astute readers of this blog noted a few months ago, we've been looking at our options here -- a quick-fix approach to using the installed software on some of the Android-based devices, or a more serious commitment to building a full client.  We've opted for the latter, and demonstrated it briefly today.  Android is a different challenge versus our other mobile platforms -- the different providers can and will create their own distributions and installed software.  As such, we're doing the engineering to do this right -- and ahead of Microsoft, by the way.

There is other Traveler news today that is no less significant.  We're announcing 2010 plans for Traveler, which include support for the Notes Traveler server component on Linux, a new mobile installer that simplifies issues with different Notes/Domino and device version management, and plans for Lotus Foundations to include Notes Traveler.  We also are demonstrating today conceptual integration on the Nokia E72, between the Nokia's contacts capability and Lotus Sametime.

Last, we announced today that IBM will be reselling the RIM Blackberry components that support Quickr and Connections.  RIM also indicated that they are adopting Lotus software for their internal use.

Add it all up and IBM has suddenly leapfrogged to the top -- the most-complete mobile messaging and collaboration story in the market.

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