IBM is releasing the availability of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 Software with iPhone support.

The beta release of Lotus Notes wit Domino software will give capabilities for e-mail and calendaring tools to the Apple iPhone as well as supporting Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync.

Though iPhone users can already access Notes e-mail via the IBM Lotus iNotes ultralight client, the new ActiveSync support will mean push access to the popular software, including the ability to view Notes mail, calendar and contacts data when not connected on the iPhone.

Providing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support via the Lotus Notes Traveler software is part of IBM's pledge to provide enterprises with the choice and flexibility to select the mobile devices and carriers that best suit their needs, said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of messaging and collaboration at IBM. This will allow employees 'on the go' to work smarter.

The release will also include version 1.3 of IBM's free Lotus Symphony document, spread sheet and presentation applications.

I look forward to Exchange ActiveSync support. Johnson Controls health care and education industry customers use Apple platforms, and we've begun to officially provide application support on those. Mobile messaging is considered a critical application, said Jim Marshall, Director of Global Architecture for Johnson Controls, Inc., a Lotus Notes customer.

The software already supports BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0, which was announced last week.

IBM has trawled hundreds of blogs and Twitter sites looking for feedback from users on its software, and has been making changes to deal with common problems and customer annoyances.

To test drive IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1 software starting on May 15, visit