Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Dec 2006 22:22 UTC
IBM IBM's Lotus Software division is taking a bigger bite of Apple's Mac OS X. The company on Dec. 28 formally rolled out the latest version of its Lotus messaging software package, dubbed Notes 7.0.2, which will include e-mail, calendar management tools and instant messaging that is specifically designed for Mac OS X users.
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RE[2]: Fun while it lasted
by elsewhere on Fri 29th Dec 2006 04:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Fun while it lasted"
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it's just so obvious when people talk about "email" that you don't understand lotus notes. I have 500 accounts. Never before used notes admin client. Have no problems so far. Notes/Domino is not a "mail" system. Is a colaboration application and development system.

Notes is a powerful collaborative-type application development, although it's big and bloated and showing it's age, I'm not sure if it isn't a bit archaic in a web-app driven world, though it was pretty ground-breaking at the time.

Aside from that, the majority of Lotus implementations are simply for email. We've been running Domino as our messaging platform for longer than any employee should possibly have to endure, and it is absolutely awful for email. I've suffered through client crashes since 4.x, though I'm not sure why the version numbers increment because each version looks and acts the same. The biggest single improvement I've found in all those years is that I no longer need to use that killnotes.exe app that a domino dev developed and posted to the support site, the one that allowed you to kill still-running notes processes after a crash. Because up until recent versions you were forced to reboot every time notes crashed. Seriously, don't get me started on what an awful program Notes is for *users*.

Interestingly, my gf was using Notes 6.something for OSX on her powerbook for a while. It was equally awful to use and crashed even more frequently. They've since migrated to Exchange, but I do suspect that this announcement is good news for OSX users that are working within a Domino infrastructure. I assume this version is based on the eclipse application framework similar to the linux version, which I assume should bring much better stability and a nicer GUI to look at.

The kick in the @ss, for me anyways, is that our IT department migrated the handful of "collaborative" apps we were using on Lotus which mostly amounted to generic intranet type purposes. We've standardized on SharePoint for that, and now Lotus is strictly email and calendaring. *sigh*

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