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IBM pledges big bucks for Lotus

IBM chairman, Louis Gerstner, says the company will "invest heavily" in Lotus, so the unit can slug it out with Microsoft for intranet business.

IBM wants its Lotus Notes unit to be a major player on the Internet and will provide the necessary resources to achieve that goal.

IBM chairman, Louis Gerstner, told Notes devotees at the annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida, that "the Internet is great for Lotus Notes." Notes is the software Lotus developed to link groups of workers in different locations, allowing them access to common files and documents.

Gerstner also said that IBM has given Lotus the go ahead to "invest, and invest heavily" in Internet technology.

The company's newest version of Notes includes Web publishing and browsing capability.