IBM Makes More Applications Mobile-Friendly
IBM (news, site) showed the mobile world some love at Lotusphere 2010 when they announced the extension of some of their apps to iPhone and BlackBerry devices.

For the iPhone

How does a free Lotus Notes plugin sound? There’s no installation necessary, and with it users can read their encrypted e-mail, as well as access their calendar and contacts directly through Apple Safari.

Here’s a snazzy video to show you the details:

For the BlackBerry

If you’re a BlackBerry user, get ready to see new clients for Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections.

Quickr is a project collaboration tool. On the BlackBerry, it has been scaled down for speedy access to favorite folder or files, and simpler navigation helps on-the-go users get their work done without the headache. Additionally, documents go into “checked out” mode while they’re being edited to prevent overlapping changes.

As for Lotus Connections, the extension of the social network allows the following highlights from BlackBerry smartphones:

  • Mobile knowledge workers in enterprises can access the productivity and collaboration features (Profiles, Communities, Blogs, Bookmarks, and Activities)
  • Integrates with native BlackBerry core applications - e-mail, contacts, tasks, browser, media player, and camera
  • Has a rich client application that enables delivery of information and updates
  • Is supported in the back end by mechanisms that ensure data pushed to the user is optimized for mobile viewing

Don't Forget Google!

Google’s Android and Nexus One phones will reportedly see some Lotus Notes action a little later this year.

"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," said Ed Brill, IBM chief of product management for Lotus software.

Ultimately, IBM chose to seriously commit, but apparently the open source nature of the Android makes creating the app a little difficult.

"The different providers can and will create their own distributions and installed software," Brill said. "As such, we're doing the engineering to do this right — and ahead of Microsoft, by the way."