December 11, 1996 6:00 PM ET
Lotus Weblicator to enter beta
By Paula Rooney

  NEW YORK -- While the beta version of Weblicator will be available for download next week, Lotus Development Corp. is already fine-tuning its next version of the Internet thin client.

Lotus Weblicator -- which features the two crown jewels of Notes, replication and object store -- will be enhanced over the next year to incorporate more Notes client features while remaining the thin client and offline browser it was intended to be, officials said at Internet World here today.

The next version will let users work on calendars offline and replicate the data to other HTTP server-based calendars. It also will improve E-mail capabilities by supporting rich text format and letterheads, Lotus officials said. E-mail in Weblicator 1.0, which will enter beta Dec. 18 and ship in the first quarter of 1997, supports just simple text and attachments, officials said.

The next upgrade also will let users download a subset of an Internet application, work on it and replicate the data to another HTTP server. Lotus will rewrite the proxy interceptor so users can save all data -- mail and World Wide Web pages -- to one message store. Users also will be able to capture their Web sessions, annotate them and share them in a workgroup, officials added.

Weblicator 1.0 will be downloadable from the Lotus Web site at beta.notes.net. It will be priced at $29 when it ships and will work with Window 95 or Windows NT and any HTTP server and Web browser.

Lotus, a subsidiary of IBM, is based in Cambridge, Mass.

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