Though Apple's iPad is really the only viable tablet currently on the market, there has been plenty of concern about the security of business apps on the device, and that includes email. That doesn't have to be the case, says IBM, which is offering a free download that lets Lotus Notes customers have secure access to email, calendar, and other other tools on the iPad.
"The iPad is a lot like the iPhone," says Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of messaging and collaboration at IBM. "I think this is a recognition that at least some folks are looking at using the iPad as a convenient business device. Personally, I'm traveling with an iPad and have been using the [Lotus Notes] software as I travel around. It's been working incredibly well."
Called IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, the apps is available now and enables the viewing of encrypted email both the iPad and iPhone. For those interested, you can download the app from here.
IBM is hoping its latest war cry can somehow pierce the din that Windows 7 seems to be generating. In September, the company struck a partnership with Canonical, the UK-based sponsor of Ubuntu, which resulted in the launch of an Ubuntu-based desktop bundle in Africa.
The IBM Client for Smart Work will only arrive in the U.S. in 2010 despite IBM positioning it to rival Windows 7 – on the brink of launch - in the enterprise market. It will be available both as a run-of-the-mill desktop and as a virtualized desktop.
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software. IBM and chums are clearly targeting those businesses that are not too keen on Windows 7.