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NetObjects and Lotus Team to Enable Rapid Deployment of Collaborative e-Business Applications and e-Services

Redwood City, Calif., July 27, 2000 — NetObjects, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETO), a leading provider of e-business solutions and services, and Lotus Development Corp. (NYSE: IBM) today announced a two-part agreement that will enable the rapid deployment of Web applications and e-Services. This agreement further strengthens the relationship between NetObjects and Lotus, as the two companies work closely to develop comprehensive, powerful e-business application solutions.

“NetObjects continues to establish strong partnerships with leading companies such as Lotus to effectively develop and distribute innovative solutions to customers worldwide,” said Samir Arora, CEO and chairman, NetObjects, Inc. “The tight integration of NetObjects’ and Lotus’s solutions leverage the uniqueness of the technologies and extensive customer reach, and takes our partnership to a new level.” 

Under the first part of the agreement, Lotus will bundle award-winning NetObjects Fusion 5.0 with Domino Designer R5, the premier integrated development environment for building secure e-business applications. The scalable, easy-to-use and flexible drag-and-drop extensions of NetObjects Fusion 5.0 combined with the application development and delivery strengths of Domino Designer will enable enterprises to rapidly create and deploy powerful dynamic Web applications.

To enhance the integration features, NetObjects will develop a custom version of its Online View, which provides dynamic instant access to complementary e-services, Lotus and Domino resources, as well as other content from within the NetObjects Fusion application. NetObjects will also develop new Domino Design Components that leverage the features available in Domino R5 and make Domino resources highly accessible within NetObjects Fusion 5.0. The components will enable developers to bring advanced Web design techniques to Domino-stored content by enabling developers to insert views, forms, lists, searches and links into pages that can easily be uploaded to and served from the Domino database.

Under the second part of the agreement, Lotus has the license to bundle NetObjects enterprise technology and products with selected Lotus solutions.  Lotus will leverage its collaborative and e-business applications with the open architecture, visual design, and dynamic content creation of NetObjects enterprise Web applications. NetObjects and Lotus will provide enterprises with enhanced Web application tools that allow easy integration with Javascript, HTML, XML and rich media content.

“The decision to bundle NetObjects products with our products was simple,” said Ken Bisconti, vice president, Messaging and Collaboration Business, Lotus Development Corp.  “Our goal is to offer leading collaborative commerce solutions to customers, and NetObjects clearly delivers the powerful, easy-to-use technology demanded in today’s business environments.”

Pricing and Availability
The Domino Designer bundle of NetObjects Fusion will be available in Q4 2000.

About Lotus
Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation.  Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success.  Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting the world's ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct and extensive Business Partner channels.  The company also provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Professional Services organization.

About NetObjects
NetObjects, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETO), an IBM affiliate (NYSE: IBM), is a leading provider of e-business solutions and services.  More information about NetObjects and its products can be found at

For press inquiries contact:
Allison Green, NetObjects, Inc., 650-482-3637,

Voce Communications 650-322-4600

© 2000 NetObjects, Inc. All rights reserved. NetObjects is a registered trademark, and NetObjects Fusion, NetObjects Collage, NetObjects Authoring Server and GoBizGo are trademarks of NetObjects, Inc. All other brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Lotus is a registered trademark and Domino is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.  All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.



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