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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lotus Development Corp. (Nasdaq: LOTS) announced today the immediate availability of SmartSuite 3.1 for Windows, the complete Notes-ready suite of desktop applications for users who work independently or collaborate in teams. New to SmartSuite 3.1 is:

-- Organizer 2.0, the industry-leading Personal Information Manager (PIM) which further extends SmartSuite's personal and workgroup productivity;

-- Automated installation, which allows information systems professionals to install and control SmartSuite from a central location;

-- SmartCenter 2.0, the newest version of the application switching tool, which now offers command-line argument support, the ability to drag and drop files and applications to the SmartCenter palette via File Manager, increased support for mobile users and an improved user interface; and

-- An updated Excel reader in 1-2-3, allowing 1-2-3 users to read Excel 5 spreadsheet file values, formulas and text.

Organizer 2.0 Extends SmartSuite's Team Productivity

By offering the industry's most popular networked personal information manager in SmartSuite, Lotus is addressing the most common needs of business managers, such as maintaining contact and schedule information, as well as task management.

With more than 100 new customer-driven features, Organizer 2.0 further extends SmartSuite's personal and team productivity. It offers unprecedented team-computing functionality for LotusNotes and Lotus cc:Mail users, including group scheduling and shared calendaring. For example, Organizer 2.0 will flag conflicting or overlapping appointments. In addition, user scan attach files to meeting requests, making meeting preparation easier. A call-logging section, a notepad for storing text and graphics, a yearly planner and an anniversary reminder are also included. Organizer 2.0 is compatible with cc:Mail version 2.0 or higher, and Notes version 3.1 or higher. Automated Installation Eases Network Administration SmartSuite 3.1 for Windows allows information systems professionals to install and manage SmartSuite from a central location. This automated process can be standardized to perform either the default installation or minimal installation, and deploy it over a network.

Using SmartSuite install, network administrators can pre-define answers, or selections, to all install questions and distribute SmartSuite without requiring any user input. "Being able to automate and customize the installation process is key for a large organization to implement standards, and provide greater time and cost savings," said Nigel Pigdon, Senior Manager of the Product Delivery group at Coopers & Lybrand, U.K. SmartSuite's automated-installation process provides an efficient manner for deploying SmartSuite with a variety of network management and software distribution tools, including Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) for Windows NT.

SmartCenter 2.0 Offers Numerous Enhancements

Numerous enhancements have been made to SmartCenter 2.0, the command center in SmartSuite that lets users easily launch and switch between applications, and provides access to cross-application help services, and full screen drag and drop.

Users can now customize SmartCenter with the Infobox, a LotusWorking Together Tool, which provides users with an easy way to manage SmartCenter properties such as replacing an icon, or changing the size and placement of the palette. With SmartCenter 2.0, users can incorporate any Windows application icon into the icon palette. Users may add a file or application to the SmartCenter icon palette from the File Manager via drag-and-drop technology. With support for command- line arguments, users can specify a file to be loaded automatically when clicking on the Icon. For example, a user can automatically load a specific expense report in 1-2-3 or bring up a newswire database in Notes with just one click on an icon in the SmartCenter palette.

SmartCenter 2.0 better supports the mobile user by updating the icon palette to show which applications are not available on the user's system when working remotely. When users reconnect to the docking station or network, the icon palette is refreshed to show all available applications.

Lotus Takes Team-Computing Approach to Business Solutions

"Lotus knows that significant business tasks are accomplished by teams of people working together, using productivity tools that get the right information to the right people at the right time," said Ilene Lang, senior vice president of Lotus' Desktop Business Group. "As a fully integrated desktop suite, SmartSuite 3.1 not only provides powerful features within each application that enable data sharing and collaboration, but also builds on the groupware, messaging and network technology currently available in Notes and cc:Mail environments."

In addition to Organizer 2.0, SmartSuite 3.1 includes 1-2-3 Release 5, Ami Pro 3.1, Approach 3.0 and Freelance Graphics 2.1, all tightly integrated with Lotus Notes, the industry standard client-server platform for developing and deploying groupware applications, and ScreenCam, a unique, business-practical and cost-effective training and sales application. SmartSuite applications also support team computing in non-Notes environments by supporting VIM- and MAPI-compliant electronic mail systems, allowing users to send and receive mail directly from within SmartSuite applications.

System Requirements System requirements for SmartSuite 3.1 for Windows are an IBMPC compatible (386 or higher) running Microsoft Windows 3.1 and a Microsoft Windows compatible video adapter (VGA or higher resolution). A minimum of 4MB of RAM is required to run any single SmartSuite application; 6MB of RAM with a 6MB permanent swap file is recommended when performing integrated tasks involving two applications. Installation of all products requires a minimum of 36MB of hard-disk space; additional space is required for the installation of optional features. A mouse is recommended, but not required.

Pricing and Availability

The estimated retail price for SmartSuite 3.1 for Windows is $499; a CD-ROM version will be available within 60 days at the same price. Upgrades from all other releases of SmartSuite, 1-2-3, Ami Pro, Lotus Approach, Freelance Graphics, Organizer and qualifying competitive suites, spreadsheets, word processors, databases and presentation graphics packages will be available at an estimated retail price of $299. Previous purchasers of SmartSuite 3.0 who would like to upgrade to Organizer 2.0 can do so for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $10. SmartSuite 3.0 users who would like the complete 3.1 upgrade kit, including Organizer 2.0, automated installation and SmartCenter 2.0 can do so for $30 by calling Lotus. Customers can order from Lotus directly in the United States at 1-800-343-5414 or in Canada at 1-800-GO-LOTUS. As part of Lotus' Global Product set, International English, French, German, Italian and Spanish (Latin American and Iberica) versions of SmartSuite 3.1 will ship simultaneously with the U.S. version. The product will also be available in Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish within 60 days.

Lotus Development Corp., founded in 1982, 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 now markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide and provides numerous support services, both from its consulting division and its award-winning 24-hour support center.

All prices and terms are for the USA only. Lotus, Lotus Organizer, Working Together, 1-2-3, Ami Pro, Approach, Freelance Graphics, Lotus Notes and SmartSuite are registered trademarks, and ScreenCam and SmartCenter are trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation. cc:Mail is a trademark of cc:Mail, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotus Development Corp. Other brands and products are the property of their respective owners.
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/CONTACT: Rick McLaughlin or Doreen Maciak of Lois Paul & Partners, 617-862-4514, MCI: 594-0103, or Michelle Goguen of Lotus Development Corp., 404-828-5395, or MCI: 313-8782/


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