Lycos Inc. and Lotus Development Corp. Monday struck a deal to embed the
Lycos Internet tools and content into the upgrade to Lotus Notes Release 5,
bringing the Lycos Network to an estimated 37 million Lotus Notes users.
LotusNotes’ welcome page will offer users localized news and information
for each country where it has an established presence, and the upgrade will
be distributed in several language versions. Shipment is expected to begin in July.
The upgrade will link users to calendar appointments, e-mail, corporate
intranets and the Internet. Through the co-branded site, users can
personalize news, weather and financial information, and search the Web on
the Notes desktop.
“Integration is a snap. With two mouse clicks any Notes Release 5 user can
make Lycos part of their daily starting point,” said Eileen Rudden, senior
vice president of Lotus’ Communications products division.
The Lotus deal will also include Lycos Bertelsmann in Europe and Lycos Japan. Lycos is a unit of IBM Corp.