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IT-Director: Lotus Cans [Java-based] eSuite

Aug 23, 1999, 20:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"Lotus is abandoning eSuite, once touted as the Java-based Microsoft Office killer, after over two years of it making very little impact in the market. The product consisted of a basic word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and desktop... reminiscent of Lotus SmartSuite. Lotus originally developed eSuite to run on network computers and within Notes/Domino groupware environments in March 1997, but it could also run in a JVM under DOS on PCs. ...the NC market and the client side Java market never took off."

"What has killed eSuite more than anything else is that most organisations want thin browser based clients with a few choice plug-ins and a Javascript capability rather than fat Java based clients."

"...Java has taken off on the server, but not yet on the client... The vision of distributed Java architectures running applications on multiple clients has still to be realised."

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