Lotus Is Learning To Live With The Net

Defying recent forecasts, Notes may prosper on the Web

Notes is dead. Long live the Internet. No sooner had IBM shelled out $3.5 billion in July for Lotus Development Corp. to get the company's Notes software business than the buzz began: With the Internet's World Wide Web spreading everywhere and taking on new powers, the costly, complex Lotus "groupware" program was history--and IBM would not get the boost in network computing it seeks, or a payback.

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