Lotus Notes users can go offline and synchronize their work later

Lotus Notes users can go offline and synchronize their work later

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

Lotus Notes groupware will strengthen its Web ties through Domino Off-Line Services, which will let Notes users take applications offline for later synchronization with their server apps through ActiveX or Netscape Navigator plug-ins.

'We want to make it simple for the user to keep in sync,' Notes product manager Lance Shaw said.

After completing an application, a Notes developer can step through a wizard process that asks simple questions about client accessibility and synching properties. If a client user chooses to work offline with a browser as the primary interface, all the controls can be put into a compressed download of 15M to 18M.

The size varies with the separate components, Shaw said. For example, some apps need full-text-search functionality and others do not. Once the appropriate component is on a system, it need not be downloaded again except for version updates. All components can also be stored on a CD-ROM.

The user can control when to go online or offline and how often to sync with the main app. Domino Off-Line Services for Microsoft Windows 9x and NT clients will be ready early next year, Shaw said.


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