Lotus Notes has a history spanning more than 20 years. Its chiefinspiration was PLATO Notes, created by David Woolley at the Universityofin 1973. In today's terminology, PLATO Notes was a messageboard, and it was the basis for an online community which thrived formore than 20 years on the PLATO system. Ray Ozzie, who in 2006 succeededBill Gates as Chief Software Architect at, worked with PLATOwhile attending thein the 1970s. When PC networktechnology began to emerge, Ozzie made a deal with Mitch Kapor, thefounder of Lotus Development Corporation, that resulted in the formationof Iris Associates in 1984 to develop products that would combine thecapabilities of PCs with the collaborative tools pioneered in PLATO. Theagreement put control of product development under Ozzie and Iris, andsales and marketing under Lotus. In 1994, after the release andmarketplace success of Notes R3, Lotus purchased Iris. In 1995 IBMpurchased Lotus.When Lotus Notes was initially released, the name "Notes" referred toboth the client and server components. In 1996, Lotus released an add-onfor the Notes 4 server called "Domino". This add-on allowed Notesdocuments to be rendered as web pages in real time. With the release ofNotes 4.5, later that year, the Domino web server was integrated into thecore Notes server, which was itself renamed to "Domino". The client isstill called "Notes", while the server component is now known as"Domino". However, one may frequently see the terms usedinterchangeably."
As for its WordPerfect Office suite, Corel has agreed that the next majorupgrade to this product, due next year, will incorporate support for thesoftware services included in the .NET framework, which is also scheduledto ship next year. Corel has also agreed to support any future .NETtechnologies in its Office products no later than six months afterreleases them publicly. Additionally, Corel has agreed to makeits Office product services "consumable" as .NET services using's standards for doing so. And Corel will bundle support for anyapplicable .NET Building Block Services, which will be supplied by, into its products. An interesting product has also beenrevealed by the agreement, which explains thatmay decide torelease a new developer product called "Visual Studio for Applications"(VSA), "which is intended to provide the ability to customize and extendmiddle-tier components of distributed applications based upon the .NETFrameworks," the agreement says. Corel will support this product if it isreleased. In the one bone thrown to Corel, the company can still releaseversions of its products that do not incorporate .NET; however, Corelmust put as much effort into its .NET versions as it does into its non-.NET versions.of significant notice to all of we:An interesting product has also been revealed by the agreement, whichexplains thatmay decide to release a new developer productcalled "Visual Studio for Applications" (VSA), "which is intended toprovide the ability to customize and extend middle-tier components ofdistributed applications based upon the .NET Frameworks,"