IBM plans to introduce support for iPhone within Lotus Notes, the company will reveal next week.

The company plans to announce Lotus Notes support for iPhone at its Lotusphere conference next week, making this available as a free upgrade for customers with a Lotus web access license, or for a $39/year fee to new users.

It doesn't end there. IBM also plans to introduce iPhone-compatible versions of the complete Lotus Notes solution and its free Lotus Sumphony office productivity suite. This last release may be tied to development of the Mac version of Symphony, which is expected to ship later in the year.

Speaking on the move toward Apple, IBM spokesman Mike Azzi said: We have a lot in common," adding, "we're going to cross-pollinate."
Apple and IBM have been working together to introduce support for Lotus Notes, while the former company works on its development kit for the iPhone and iPod touch.