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LOTUS ANNOUNCES cc:MAIL FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB; PROVIDES EASY ACCESS TO E-MAIL VIA THE WEB

ATLANTA, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Lotus Development Corp. (Nasdaq: LOTS) today announced cc:Mail for the World Wide Web (cc:Mail Web) Release 1.0, a product that allows users to easily access cc:Mail from the Internet. With cc:Mail Web, users can send and receive e-mail messages, as well as access their inbox, folders and public bulletin boards through any computer equipped with an HTML Web browser. cc:Mail Web allows users to accomplish this with a browser as if they were using a cc:Mail client.

"cc:Mail Web builds on Lotus' commitment to deliver practical business solutions that leverage the power and reach of the Internet," said John Landry, chief technology officer and senior vice-president, Advanced Technology, Lotus Development Corp. "Integrating our communications products with the Web is an important step forward for our customers. By offering them access to the best of both worlds, our customers can achieve local as well as global collaboration."

cc:Mail Web Provides Greater Access to cc:Mail

With cc:Mail Web, Lotus is the first vendor to offer customers access to their corporate, LAN-based e-mail system via the Web. Much like accessing voicemail through a public phone, users can access cc:Mail Web through any computer that connects to the World Wide Web. By using a Web browser, users can create, read and respond to mail as if in the cc:Mail environment, including full access to mailing lists and directories. Additionally, attachments can be launched if this capability is supported by the browser. cc:Mail Web resides on a dedicated HTTP Web Server and interacts with both Web browsers and any cc:Mail Post Office. The administrator defines an address, or Uniform Resource Locator (URL), for their users to access the HTTP Server.

For administrators, cc:Mail Web leverages the existing Internet infrastructure, allowing users to be more productive on the Web, without changing their current cc:Mail network. The cc:Mail Web software on the HTTP server is the only addition to the existing network. cc:Mail Web also offers a tool for administrators to identify and track users accessing cc:Mail via the Web. Each action performed by the user in accessing their cc:Mail mailbox is reported in cc:Mail Web log files. "cc:Mail Web provides a powerful option for increasing productivity by offering easier, streamlined access to the cc:Mail network," said Tom Parish, manager of network services for Motorola Emerging Computing Operations. "With cc:Mail Web, users can be connected and be productive regardless of geographic location."

Availability, Pricing and System Requirements

An interactive demo of cc:Mail Web is available through the Lotus Mountain View office. Information on how to access this demo is located on the Lotus Home Page at http://www.lotus.com. cc:Mail Web will be available within 90 days in the U.S. through Lotus or any Lotus authorized software reseller, including Lotus Business Partners, for an Estimated Retail Price of $195 for the server software and a price not to exceed $20 per user license. cc:Mail Web will be available simultaneously in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English. Additional languages, including Japanese, will follow.

cc:Mail Web requires a cc:Mail Post Office, cc:Mail Web administrative software and a HTTP Server running on Windows NT 3.51 or higher. Initially, Web browser certification includes the Netscape Navigator. Support for other server platforms, including OS/2, as well as additional browsers, will be forthcoming. For more information regarding cc:Mail please call Lotus, in the United States at 1-800-343- 5414.

With award-winning features and availability on all popular platforms, Lotus cc:Mail is the world leader in LAN-based e-mail. cc:Mail offers a smooth path from small workgroups to wide-area networks, delivering basic e-mail or complete messaging services, including group scheduling, forms, and Windows-based graphical management. It runs on Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, UNIX, and MS-DOS platforms across all major LANs, providing transparent connectivity to all major private and public electronic mail systems and facsimile machines worldwide.

Lotus Development Corp., a subsidiary of IBM Corp., offers high quality software products and support services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus' innovative approach is evident in a new class of applications that allows information to be accessed and communicated in ways never before possible, both within and beyond organizational boundaries. The company also provides numerous support services, both from its consulting division and its award-winning 24-hour support center.

NOTE: All Lotus news releases are available on the Internet, via the Lotus Development Corp. Home Page at http://www.lotus.com. The Lotus Home Page is an easy way to find information about Lotus and its business partners' products and services.

A copy of this release and other company information is also available via fax by dialing 1-800-57-LOTUS within the U.S. and Canada or 201-946-2336 outside the U.S. and Canada. Questions concerning the service should be directed to Lotus' corporate communications department at 617-693-5625.

All Prices and Terms for the U.S. only.

Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation. cc:Mail is a trademark of cc:Mail, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotus Development Corp. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
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/CONTACT: Kevin Kosh, e-mail: kevin_kosh@lpp.com, or Diane Horak, e-mail: diane_horak@lpp.com, of Lois Paul & Partners, 617-862-4514/

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