March 28, 1997 5:30 PM ET
Sun, Lotus strings grow tighter
By Paula Rooney

  JavaSoft is in preliminary negotiations to license Lotus Development Corp.'s Kona component technology, including the InfoBus technology, which exchanges data dynamically between components.

The companies, which announced a wide-ranging pact in January, are collaborating on JavaSoft's Enterprise Framework, which is to be unveiled at JavaOne next week in San Francisco.

The InfoBus technology and API are going to be extensions to the JavaBeans API, sources said. Lotus is demonstrating its first Kona beta applets and Kona Desktop GUI on Sun's Internet Terminals at the show.

Lotus also has embraced the JavaBeans component model. However, sources say the deal has yet to be signed.

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