Lotusphere: Nokia, Lotus work on wireless apps
(IDG) -- With much fanfare but not much content, Lotus and Europe's top mobile phone company, Nokia, announced that they are working together to develop wireless corporate intranet applications.
Such an alliance will enable users to access Notes applications from a mobile phone or other devices compliant with the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) protocol, Nokia and Lotus officials say. WAP is a protocol that enables users to access Internet and intranet-based content from their mobile phones.
This week, however, Lotus introduced Mobile Services for Domino 1.0, a $3,999-per-server add-on to Domino that will let users send and receive messages from mobile devices including pagers and cellular phones. Mobile Services for Domino will support the emerging WAP standard.
Delivery times over WAP phones are relatively slow now but the goal is to reduce the time to less than five seconds, he says. The reason is there are so many links in the process of tapping into corporate applications, according to Lounamaa. Information has to move from mainframe computers, to application servers, then to the WAP server, through the cellular telephone infrastructure and finally to the microbrowser installed on a WAP phone or other device.
Nonetheless, Lounamaa believes that more than 500 million such WAP browsers will be in use worldwide by 2003.
"This will be the most widely-used browser in the world one, two or three years from now, by a wide margin," he predicted, far surpassing Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
Nokia earlier this month announced a strategic WAP relationship with Lotus parent company IBM.
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