Lotus goes mobile on iPaq

Leading players in the world of wireless technology did their best Tuesday to conduct business as usual at an industry conference here, with IBM Corp. announcing it will make Lotus messaging and collaboration software available on Compaq Computer Corp.'s iPaq handheld device.

Keynotes by executives from Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp. and IBM's Lotus Software Group were periodically interrupted to show the crowd here at the CTIA Wireless IT and Internet conference television coverage of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York and Washington D.C. earlier in the day.

"This is obviously going to be a much more sober session that we were planning for," said Tom Wheeler, president and chief executive officer of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) in his opening remarks.

After asking the CTIA audience to stand for a moment of silence, Wheeler introduced the speakers, including Al Zollar, president and chief executive officer at Lotus.

Lotus will now make its Mobile Notes software -- with features such as e-mail, calendars and address books -- available on iPaq devices running Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system, Zollar said.

The company did not release pricing at the time, saying it will be announced in conjunction with the software's availability by the end of the year. Lotus already supports the Palm Inc. platform and will work with Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) to bring the same software to Rim's two-way pager devices, Zollar said.

Zollar pushed the idea that a great deal of customization will be required to drive enterprise-class wireless applications.

"We have certainly found that building (wireless) applications in our customers' environments is a complex undertaking," Zollar said, during a speech here. "There is no one size fits all solution."

The CTIA show continues through September 13 with information on the show available at http://www.ctia.org/.

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