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Lotus Development Corp is developing a new family of collaborative Web applications based on its Domino Internet Server, and hopes to persuade Internet Service Providers to host them. The first to agree is San Jose, California-based Netcom Online Communications Services Inc, with which Lotus has signed a strategic relationship. Domino SPA Service Provider Applications are extensions of existing Lotus Domino applications that have been modified so that they can be rented from service provider s. Typically, they will be ready to use applications for anything from building a web page to creating virtual private communities for collaborative working among partners, customers and suppliers. Lotus thinks they will be of interest to those users with little or no technical expertise to create on their own a secure, interactive, collaborative Web site using a Web browser, including small and medium-sized companies, home office users and consumers. Service providers would charge users for the applications as an additional service. The applications can be integrated into the billing, registration and systems management setup of a service provider, and once set up, won’t need human intervention when a customer wants to download and configure the applications they want. The core component for collaborative applications is Domino.Collaboration SPA, which will allow the creation of private, password protected collaboration sites by users themselves, for discussion, document libraries, project-oriented calandering and schedule and project management. Domino.Action, a Web-site creation application, was being demonstrated at Internet Expo in Boston this week. Lotus expects the tools to be available at other service providers, through telecoms companies and through telecoms providers supporting Lotus Public Networks by the first quarter of 1997. Existing Notes applications should prove adaptable as Service Provider Applications.

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