REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 20, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of the Microsoft® Outlook®
2002 Connector, a software add-in that enables users of the IBM Lotus Domino Release 5 messaging server to use the Outlook 2002 messaging and collaboration client as an e-mail client application. This is the first Microsoft-developed connector for Outlook and Lotus Domino. Outlook 2002, the Office XP personal information management and communication solution, is used worldwide to simplify e-mail communication, streamline group and personal scheduling, and provide easy access to information.
“Many of our customers with Domino servers have told us they would like to give their employees the opportunity to use the latest version of Outlook,”
said Ralf Harteneck, corporate vice president of the Communication and Meeting Services Group at Microsoft.
“Microsoft strives to make Office and its family of applications as valuable as possible in a variety of IT infrastructures. The Connector is one way we’re doing that and addressing the needs of those customers.”
In a corporate setting, Outlook is primarily designed to run with a Microsoft Exchange server. The Outlook 2002 Connector is for companies that have chosen a Domino e-mail infrastructure — or a mixed infrastructure of Lotus and Exchange servers — but also want the rich functionality of Outlook and greater integration with Office. With the new Connector, users can easily conduct most common e-mail, calendar and contact management functions through Outlook while in a Lotus Domino environment. Employees at companies with Lotus Domino servers now will be able to utilize whichever e-mail application they are most familiar and comfortable with, whether it is Lotus Notes or Microsoft Outlook 2002.
“The Outlook 2002 Connector is a great example of industry cooperation responding to diverse customer needs,”
said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Messaging Solutions for Lotus Software at IBM.
“We are pleased to contribute to the Microsoft Outlook 2002 Connector. It really gives companies great flexibility to meet their messaging needs.”
Any customer with an Outlook 2002 license can use the Connector, which is a free add-in to Outlook 2002. It is available on the Office Resource Kit site at http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/outxpcon.htm and will be released in eight major languages.
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