Lemonade is a proposed standard from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that may spell bad news for RIM’s future. Lemonade also known as M-IMAP, since it is essentially a mobile version of the widely used IMAP protocol has been in the works for awhile and IETF estimates that the standard should be ready by the end of this year.
“Things are about to happen rather quickly, and it should prove interesting for people like Visto and RIM,” said Will Sheward, vice president of marketing at Isode, a long-established specialist in standards-based software for email and directories.
Lemonade based servers will require clients on mobile devices, but these will be produced by handset makers, he said, pointing to support for Lemonade from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
When it comes to proposed standards, they are always way too hard to predict if they become widely adopted or not. Even with major backing from key players in the industry, proposed standards and new technology are always a crap shoot, think SOAP. Make no mistake a widely adopted open source standard is probably the biggest nightmare for RIM but it’s just way too early to start panicking now. Anyone that has been around technology knows all about the hype about surrounding something new which in the end just fizzles to obscurity.
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