With its Lotus Expeditor software platform, IBM hopes to extend desktop computing and Web 2.0 capabilities to mobile handsets. IBM says its new IBM Lotus Expeditor 6.1.2 software platform will give users the ability to run more desktop-style applications such as social networking, mashups and other consumer or business applications simultaneously on a variety of mobile phones. Key to Lotus Expeditor technology is the use of the Eclipse embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP) application model, which allows applications to bridge desktop and mobile environments.
As part of the announcement, Sprint is providing application developers with a beta version of a new software platform named Titan based on IBM Lotus Expeditor software. It will allow developers to move business applications from the desktop to most Windows Mobile 6-based Sprint smartphones more easily.
Sprint and IBM say that developers already are using Titan to create CRM, sales force automation and other business applications allowing users to remain productive whenever and wherever they work. First made available in December 2007 to developers at the annual Sprint Application Developers Conference, Titan can now be downloaded on most Windows Mobile 6 smartphones from Sprint.
“We are intentionally blurring the lines between desktop and mobile development and allowing developers to easily move their applications to the mobile environment,” said Tom Moore, director of Mobile Business Solutions for Sprint, in a statement.