Notes and Domino 8

While most of this article focuses on obscure Windows commands to help eke out incremental benefit from MS Windows, the fourth page gets into productivity tips from Getting Things Done guru David Allen:1. Allen is a Lotus Notes enthusiast, through and through, but he enhances the spartan Notes inter...

My colleagues in engineering who focus on Domino statistics have asked for the opportunity to ask the admins out there some questions about how you use statistics on Domino. Feel free to comment here, or send me mail at work with your thoughts. The goal of the exercise is to improve documentation,...

I'm on a flight right now, and the passenger across the aisle has caught my eye. No, it's not her sparkly jewelry, but rather the software running on her Dell laptop. She's using the attractive Lotus Notes 8.5 -- but with the less-attractive Notes 7 mail template. This is far from the first time...

This one speaks for itself...On January 12, the Haiti earthquake struck, with its epicenter just west of the populous capital of Port-au-Prince, and estimates quickly rose to 230,000 dead, 1.5 million homeless and 3 million in need of emergency aid for the most basic necessities. The epic, urgent ne...

Back on April 15, Gist announced the availability of their plug-in for Lotus Notes. They're thisclose to having the Mac version ready too, I am running it and it works great. The thing is, I still get the question of "what is Gist and why do I care?" Gist CEO T.A. McCann posted a great presentati...

A customer I had the privilege to visit during my August tour through Australia. Interesting challenges of being in an academic environment and needing to support some who choose their own clients, some who just want browser apps, and some who want full, rich clients that offer more:When Monash Uni...

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to a room full of educators, instructors, and academic IT professionals at IBM's Chicago Innovation Center about the use of collaboration and social networking in a learning context. Here is a great example related to distance learning:Athabasca University,...

As I've said a few times this week, and will say much more on Monday, references are a huge part of demonstrating the value of the Notes/Domino platform, specifically the collaborative application aspect of the toolset. Most Notes customers run Notes mail and applications together, but it is the ap...

SAP's Alan Rickayzen take an in-depth look at business decision-making, and highlights specifically why Lotus Notes, SAP, and Alloy are effective tools to help make better decisions. Some examples from his nine areas of examination:Alloy delivers the decision item to the manager's Lotus Notes clien...

The press release won't hit for a few hours yet, but both LinkedIn and TripIt have gone live with their new widgets for Lotus Notes. LinkedIn:With the new LinkedIn micromashup software capability for Lotus Notes, users can access the world's most popular professional network directly from their de...

At May's SAPphire 2009 conference in Orlando, the Lotus team highlighted the release of Alloy, integrating Lotus Notes with SAP. Program Director Krista Hiltz Kahn presented on Alloy to several audiences at SAPphire, and this video captures her presentation as well: Our team is now working on a...

A just-published technote outlines IBM's plans for maintenance releases around Notes and Domino 8.x.8.0.2 is the last planned/scheduled maintenance release (MR) for the 8.0x codestream. Notes/Domino 8.0.x will continue to be supported for a minimum of 5+3 years (following IBM SWG policy). In lieu o...

Judging by the number of times I've been e-mailed, pinged, and Tweeted about this, Nathan and Jimmy have gotten a fair bit of attention to their Bones. Bones, you say? Check this out: As Nathan explains, this is a Notes 8 composite application, and what a wow! application it is:It's inside a...

Collin Murray, the Domino product manager, and I just finished up a conference call with a customer talking about the Notes/Domino 8 "mail recall" feature. The customer had questions and concerns about how this feature would work in their (regulated) environment, what the limitations are, and what...

Yes, I am already leaving the Lotus Software Brukergruppe meeting in Tønsberg, Norway. About 130 people, one of their largest attendee counts ever, turned out for this event. What I liked about this stop in my world travels, in addition the gracious acquisition of a wonderful Norwegian sweater, wa...

At WES2009 and IMPACT this week, one of the new technologies IBM Lotus is demonstrating is an extension of Alloy by IBM and SAP to run on a mobile device such as a Blackberry. Since we initially shipped Alloy back in March, one of the most frequently-asked questions has been, when can I get to Al...

Some of the day-to-day activities in product management are less-glamorous than shipping new products, developing the market, and planning the future. In today's Lotus channel announcements, you can see the results of one small action item from my to-do list earlier this year. As of tomorrow, IBM...

Found a reference to this technote and thought it was worth highlighting. Many of us who have been around Notes/Domino for a long time think back to the days of QMRs = Quarterly Maintenance Releases. In recent releases, the strategy around delivering fixes has changed, in order to get fixes to mar...

I've written a few times before about David Allen and the book Getting Things Done. More recently, if you've been reading my colleague Chris Blatnick's blog, you know that Chris was recently at the GTD Summit, learning more about how the world works and can work more effectively. A big part of my...

Very nice...When automotive manufacturer Continental AG acquired Siemens VDO, the new combined organization selected IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software as their common messaging platform. Over a four-month period, 40,000 Microsoft Outlook and Exchange software users were moved to the...

First of a two-part series on globalizing your Notes/Domino applications...Globalizing Lotus Notes applications is a challenge for a lot of customers. The code and translatable strings of Lotus Notes applications are combined by their nature. Developers usually develop a Lotus Notes application in o...

We have a fast stable e-mail system today and after spending millions of dollars we would still have a fast stable e-mail system....

Yay! As channel announced last week, the first release of AlloyTM by IBM and SAP is now available! Congratulations to the IBM and SAP teams -- this has been a tremendous multi-company effort, and our customers are the winners. What is Alloy? I posted this video a few weeks ago, but it's...

IBM Press has published a useful new book: Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators. Written by IBMer Mark Elliott, the book covers essentials on configuring the Notes client, including end-user settings as well as how to use policies, and key new features of Notes/Domino 8. Ther...

Nice award from ZDNet China: Which says...Vendor:IBM China Product:Lotus ND 8 Award:Collaboration- The Most Effective Enterprise Collaboration Platform Award Reasons:The most attractive features of Lotus ND8 is that it brings Web2.0 to enterprise users. Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr 8.0 compo...

Coming next month, Alloy from IBM and SAP is garnering analyst praise as well as strong endorsement from SAP...SAP recently revealed Alloy, a partnership with IBM on a new product that marries the SAP back end with the familiar Lotus Notes interface. Some analysts think Alloy will prove stronger tha...

This new offering from Lotus Education seems to address many of the requests I've been receiving around helping end-users be more productive with Lotus Notes -- 1000 short video clips, in eleven languages, running straight from within the Notes client...Containing more than 1000 short video clips, t...

This is worth checking out...an article on Design @ IBM about how Lotus iNotes ultra-light was built and is meeting the needs of customers. More describing the process than the product, this article highlights how our user experience team sought to build a device-appropriate interface that would me...

About seven months ago, I went to DNUG in Bremen and was asked to answer one question -- what about Notes 8 and Citrix? My answer was, we're working on it, especially for Notes 8.0.2 and beyond. Earlier this week, we published a 40-page technical paper discussing Notes 8 on Citrix:IBM and Citrix h...

Tom Duff is back at it for CIO.com. The article talks about Google gadgets in the Notes 8 sidebar in a way that is understandable by any technologist. The conclusion is what grabs me, though:Once you realize that your Notes client can go beyond e-mail and workflow applications, the value you get f...

This is nice to see...IBM Lotus iNotes Ultralite For the many enterprises running Lotus Domino eMail, iNotes Ultralite brings e-mail, calendar, and contacts to the iPhone. To make this work, IT needs to upgrade the company's Notes server with Domino Web Access 8.0.2. Employees then simply point the...

Kevin Cavanaugh and I were interviewed by TechCrunch's Jeff Widman earlier this week, talking about Lotus Notes and its position in the marketplace today. The interview just posted on TechCrunch.com and TechCrunchIT.com. As you can see, we're looking for some provocative conversation -- and I a...

Gartner just published a Q&A document covering some of the questions they received around Lotus Notes and Domino at their recent Symposia events. The questions are provocative, but reflective of the inquiries that Gartner is receiving around the future of Notes/Domino in the market. The answer...

The community's own Duffbert has penned a very strong high-level perspective on the current state of Lotus Notes, addressing seven perceptions or mis-perceptions about the product: When the phrase "Lotus Notes" is mentioned in the halls of your IT department, you probably hear a range of responses,...

Adam Brown has discovered the real reason why I'm using TripIt.com to track my travel these days...Notes 8.5 integration!An example of how I am using this new feature is leveraging TripIT. TripIT is a new Web 2.0 type service that enables me to forward all my airline and accommodation bookings to it...

Aussie business partner Eos Solutions has put together a pretty incredible interactive video discussing the value, benefits, and features of Lotus Notes 8: The send-to-friend e-mail that links you to their website is visually appealing and easily compelling for the reader to click-through. Very...

Update on Notes/Domino 8.5

December 1 2008

It's December 1, so there is obviously a lot of ongoing interest in the status of Notes/Domino 8.5. As I said in my last post, I've recently started using Notes 8.5 as my daily client, and am really happy with some of the incremental improvements (iCalendar stuff is a wow, and I'll write more about...

Following on from last week's announcement around Lotus Notes Traveler and Nokia support... When we introduced Lotus Notes Traveler back in Q1 2008, there were, well, some startup problems with being able to obtain the code. Unlike typical Notes/Domino product components, you couldn't simply downl...

As a follow-up from Thursday's announcement, some great press coverage...Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices can connect to corporate e-mail accounts via Lotus Domino Server add-on feature Notes Traveler, without any additional costs, the companies said. ... The integration is something Notes users have...

It's 1:41 AM in Wellington, New Zealand and I should be sleeping. Since I will be sleeping in a couple of hours when this news goes out.... IBM and one of the device manufacturers will be announcing the expansion of Lotus Notes Traveler support to the manufacturer's line of Sybmian-based devices, i...

My colleague Matthew Trendinick just forwarded along an e-mail from a job applicant...I suspect he will get a lot of people checking him out:Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lotus® ND8 (Notes Domino® 8) and I believe I possess the attributes necessary to improve collaboration within your bus...

Two blog entries that several of you have seen, but more input would be welcome... Niklas Heidloff, "Feedback needed: Open catalogs for Lotus Notes/Domino applications ":I'm convinced that public and open catalogs help our community and all of us to succeed. Very often people implement useful and c...

Three weeks ago, IBM Lotus announced Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging, a Passport Advantage fixed price offering where IBM hosts e-mail boxes for customers on a pay-as-you-go basis. I've spent a ton of time in calls and conversations about this announcement ever since, and with more on this week's cale...

During Lotusphere 2009, my team is putting together a special recognition for customers who have completed their deployment of Notes 8, or at least a significant-sized deployment of Notes 8. Now, I don't want to give away the plot as to what the recognition will be, but it will be more than just a...

eWeek takes a look at Notes/Domino 8.0.2:But the application I'm speaking of has been doing most of these things since the early 1990s; in fact, in many ways it's the forefather of the modern Web 2.0 applications. The application I'm talking about is Lotus Notes. While some may think of Notes as an...

A few appearances of recent IBM news around Notes/Domino: Both Osterman Research and Gartner have published opinions on the Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging announcement from last week. From Osterman, "Notes in the Cloud":[T]he new offering would be a good way for current Notes-enabled organi...

I can't say much about my time in San Jose today other than "I met with Apple". Not trying to start rumors -- they're not ever helpful in the Apple space. Instead, my point is that I realized tonight how much of my time in my new job has been spent with partners and the Notes/Domino ecosystem. Th...

For the first time in many years, I find myself in a position where having a tool to track my team's projects -- at a high-level, not a day-to-day Gantt chart -- would be really useful. Surely this must have been done a million times as a Notes application....so whose should I look at? I am happ...

Forrester analyst Ted Shadler offers perspective on this week's announcement of Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging:So who should look into IBM's new Notes Hosted Messaging service? At least these three groups: 1. Existing Notes customers that want to move email for some employees into the cloud. T...

We've recently redesigned the case studies page for Lotus Notes/Domino on IBM.com. The navigation is a little different -- we're highlighting new references in some key industries, and then the links to the full database follow at the bottom. We are always looking for more good references and ca...

I was following Oliver's tweets from the Lotus Collaboration Summit in San Francisco earlier this week... but I did not realize he had some mis-conceptions about the Lotus Notes marketplace:Pre version 8.0, the c++ email client releases still in use in a large percentage of Lotus's client base are p...

Press release on the newswire this morning...will be on ibm.com shortly:IBM today announced that Global Hyatt Corporation will standardize on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino and Lotus Sametime software for unified communications and collaboration among its thousands of employees and its 365 managed, oper...

Among this morning's IBM channel announcements is the new Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging offering. As was previewed last month by Bob Picciano, this new offering offers IBM customers the flexibility of deploying Lotus Notes/Domino on premise or in a cloud model, hosted by IBM. Some of the key data p...

Watch for more on this topic shortly......

I'm suddenly much more interested in conversations like this one...Some people want a new workspace (especially since the iPhone) and some want the "open" dialog enhanced. Either way, Lotus have to manage and evolve two front ends to keep people happy. I had a suggestion before, and based on conve...

Forrester muses over what IBM's release of iNotes for the iPhone means for the overall mobility market...This time around, it's IBM that did it -- a third-party. And that is the crux of the matter: An independent company can extend the value of iPhone by building a mobile Internet application. Nothi...

The New York Times discusses the release of iNotes for the iPhone, and interviews Kevin Cavanaugh on the topic:I.B.M. explained away its late arrival to the iPhone game, saying it wanted to focus on these types of security concerns before going after business customers. "The other products aren't a...

Many of you will remember Domino on the Xbox, now we have iNotes on the Wii...There have been a few people talking about the new Lotus iNotes Ultralite and specifically how well it works on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Less comment has been made about the fact that iNotes Ultralite works very we...

A historical review of Lotus Notes and Domino, with an eye to the future. The article is billed as a tutorial, perhaps for people who haven't looked at Notes lately:Let's not beat around the bush -- mention "Lotus Notes" to people, and many will have a reaction ranging from "Is that still around?"...

Can't elaborate on this yet...but soon:IBM will soon offer Lotus Notes as a hosted service, according to Bob Picciano, who is the IBM general manager of Lotus Software and the WebSphere Portal. Picciano spoke at the Interop conference, being held in New York this week. The hosted offering will be t...

Always a pleasure to do one of the community podcasts...Talking points included: * Do we have any numbers yet on how many companies have upgraded to Notes 8 so far? How about customer references? * Is Lotus comfortable with the 8.0.2 startup speed and smaller memory footprint, or will it co...

I pasted this graphic into an e-mail earlier today. After sending the mail, by rote, I went into my sent view and prepared to edit the sent document, removing the graphic in order to cut down on the size of my mailbox. What a surprise when I looked in the sent view and found that the size of t...

Great find, Declan:A new application has appeared on the iPhone App Store that claims to download your Lotus Notes calendar to your iPhone without having to use DWA UltraLight. ... The application is called NotesCal and costs $2.99 to purchase. Now, in the comments, the application's author, Jimmy M...

This has happened too many times to be coincidental. In the last few weeks, I have heard more than once from a customer that they are "tactically" planning to upgrade from Notes 6.5 to Notes 7 on the desktop, because they aren't ready to move to Notes 8 or don't have the desktop hardware for Notes...

I'm in the midst of preparing presentation materials for tomorrow in Philadelphia, next week at UKLUG and customer meetings, and the subsequent week at the Lotus Leadership Alliance (LoLA). One of the points being covered in my presentation is how solid the roadmap for Notes/Domino is today, and ho...

Dwight Morse, Notes product manager, recently did a podcast with ZDNet's "Innovations" website. From their website:Many of us live in our e-mail boxes, but we don't always enjoy the experience. Our inboxes are brimming with spam and unwanted messages, and the e-mail just keeps on coming. IBM's Lotu...

Meanwhile, Ted is checking out the new integration between the Lotus Notes client and Lotus Connections, which is in the new Notes 8.5 beta 2 that posted on Friday:Beta 1 provided the ability to take Activities off-line, add Activity's to your Notes Calendar, and view the Profiles person card. Beta...

Darren, who has recently started blogging, has some hard data on his real-world experience for startup time and RAM consumption for Notes 8.0.2:Since Lotus Notes 8.0.2 (and Lotus Domino) went gold last week, I have been busily testing and retesting the performance increases in start time and a reduc...

UseBasicNotes=1

September 2 2008

I was part of an interesting discussion with a customer last week, where essentially they needed some way to "prove" that the basic configuration of Notes 8 and the standard configuration of Notes 8 were really one and the same product. I won't go into the details of the customer-specific situation...

Not quite sure when these will hit the download sites, but Notes/Domino 8.5 beta 2 should be available to download later tonight or tomorrow morning. The download staging for this update is going on right now........

While I've been documenting the progress on Notes 8.0.2 memory and performance all throughout beta, now that the release is out, you can all see the results. The tweets and blog posts today have been mostly positive. Be sure to post issues in the Notes/Domino 8 forum or open support incidents... i...

The channel announcement is out and the software is available for download from Passport Advantage (as well as from XL software downloads internally for IBMers...):At a glance IBM® Lotus Notes® and Domino® 8.0.2: * Provides greater flexibility for accessing mail and calendar information throug...

Eight oh Tuesday

August 21 2008

Since several have noticed that the Lotus Notes/Domino 8.0.2 build is complete, it's probably time to tell you when you can get it. Official eGA (electronic general availability) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in English. The first language pack release ("Group 1 and 2a + Catalan") wi...

As part of a planning effort, the Domino team is having an interesting discussion about the role of Domino Utility Server in the overall Domino market mix. What do you see as the value of Domino Utility Server today? What changes, if any, would you want to see made to Domino Utility Server in...

...which, as part of Domino 8.0.2, is on track to ship later this month. Computerworld Australia, "Lotus iNotes coming to the iPhone 3G":IBM's Lotus Domino Web Access software, also known as IBM Lotus iNotes, will bring your Lotus e-mail, calendar and contact details to the Apple iPhone 3G. ......

IBM announced expansion of the Lotus Notes Traveler carrier network yesterday...AT&T and Sprint have certified for use by their customers, IBM's Lotus Notes Traveler software which enables wireless replication of Lotus Notes e-mail, calendaring, and personal information management (PIM) data on...

The services team at Lotus has a new podcast out on how to best implement Notes and Domino 8. Featuring Joseph Anderson and Brad Schauf, the podcast looks at the planning process, suggested tools, and avoiding mistakes. Download the podcast -- or read the transcript -- on the new IBM ISSL ExpertBr...

Notes 8.0.2 beta 2

July 19 2008

Just before heading out for O'Hare, I had the chance to upgrade to Notes 8.0.2 beta 2. Zoom! I am definitely impressed at the faster responsiveness of the Notes client (standard configuration). For example, my calendar is painting instantaneously when switching views...that was definitely not happ...

This has to be a first... I'm linking to a business partner who has posted screenshots from IBM of not-yet-released beta code. Kudos for Paul for building trust with the iNotes team, and to the iNotes team for recognizing Paul's credibility in this space.IBM was good enough to come back to me with...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...Well, I just couldn't NOT test it. Now I own an iPhone, it was a matter of time before I gave it a go. So, using the public beta of the 8.5 server, which we run, I upgraded my mail file to the 8.5. This gives me access to the Notes Ultralite UI, which is designed to...

A customer considering whether to upgrade to Notes 8 or switch to an alternative recently challenged me that they would have to incur "significant training costs" in order to upgrade to Notes 8. They argued that the UI had changed so dramatically that they couldn't simply upgrade and go. Thus, the...

The article is a bit understated considering the magnitude of this decision...and many others like it that took place despite significant Microsoft pressure during their just-completed fiscal Q4:CENTRELINK has rejected a move from its entrenched IBM Lotus Notes platform after spending the past coupl...

Just finished listening to the latest Taking Notes podcast, which interviews John Head and Rob McDonagh about the new XPages development features in Domino 8.5. John and Rob are both Notes/Domino design partners, so they share their insights from the recent workshops in Westford and the latest beta...

In previous entries on this topic, I've mentioned how the development team has put significant focus on improving the performance of the Notes 8 client in the upcoming 8.0.2 release (planned for Q3, target: August). In the last couple of days, it's become apparent that 8.0.2 is going to address the...

I am out on vacation for the next week, starting in Paris, then Ascot (near Heathrow) for a wedding, then London... so the blogging will be a little light. However, I don't want to stand in the way of progress :-) The Notes product team has finished and just published a "cookbook" white paper enti...

As Alan picked up last week, and a few bloggers have commented on...the Notes and Domino product pages on ibm.com have been redesigned. One of the attitude adjustments I really like about the new pages is that it starts to rid us of the artificial distinction between talking about Notes and talk...

Blogged without a trace of irony.... AT&T is promoting Lotus Notes Traveler to Windows Mobile customers: Link: AT&T Certified Solutions Catalog: Lotus Notes Traveler...

Anthony takes a look at the return of -- and enhancements to -- roaming user support in the beta of Notes 8.5:I've reviewed the Notes 8.5 Public Beta 1 documentation on Roaming. As well as allowing the Notes 8.5 Standard client to roam like previous versions, there are some enhancements, including t...

As mentioned yesterday, the Notes/Domino 8.5 public beta is now available. The forum with all the details (download, release notes, etc.) is at http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf . There is a lot to this release for both administrators and developers. The Domino server team has been workin...

Just got the news from the product team...the Notes/Domino 8.5 public beta build has been signed off and is being staged for download tomorrow, May 30. Browsers ready, pointed here...

Carl got to it first, but I get to be more specific...a PUBLIC BETA for Notes/Domino 8.5 will begin shortly (within a couple of weeks, late May or early June), where we will unveil the latest beta versions of the Notes 8.5 client for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Citrix, as well as, Domino 8.5 server...

Great news today: Notes and Domino 8.0.1 are now available in their remaining languages. From the earlier channel announcement:May 16, 2008: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian,Turkish, ThaiGo get 'em! Congratulations to the internationalizat...

DominoBlog.com has a new contributor, namely Lotus Consulting IT Specialist Andrea Waugh-Metzger. Andrea has been in the Notes/Domino world for many years, both with IBM and in partner organizations. Andrea's specific interest in joining the DominoBlog team is to write about upcoming new capabilit...

Since the release of Notes 8, one of the most common topics of discussion for the Lotus team is the Notes 8 client performance. We've discussed it before here on the blog, a few times, and in other blogs and forums. There are a number of tips and anecdotes out in the market, including the discover...

A detailed new article covering the use of Domino Web Access lite mode.Lotus Domino Web Access Lite is primarily intended for users accessing Lotus Domino Web Access over slower network connections, such as when traveling. Users accessing Lotus Domino Web Access at kiosks, where typically no design...

Depending on when I get a chance to replicate after this flight, Mainsoft has either already announced or is about to announce their new SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes. First previewed at Lotusphere, this is a Notes 8 add-on that surfaces SharePoint content in the Notes 8 sidebar through the...

A couple of new Notes 8 demonstrations to check out... 1) IBM's official Notes and Domino 8 online demonstration has been updated. New highlights include 8.0.1 features and Lotus Notes Traveler. 2) My colleague Lewis Turek over in the UK produced a fantastic visual demonstration of Notes 8.0.1, w...

One question I got a few times last week after the IBM earnings announcement was the "seats" question...that is, how many Notes users are there? In the follow-up article in eWeek, Bob Picciano indicates that IBM has cumulatively sold 140 million Lotus Notes licenses. The precise question though is...

RIM releases BES 4.1.5

April 17 2008

A few people have pinged me that RIM has released BES 4.1.5 for download. This version is expected to have added support for Domino 8, but I can't seem to view the upgrade guide.......

Ben documents the process of becoming an IBM Lotus commercial customer, which he is doing in tandem with an implementation of Elguji's IdeaJam:I've always been a partner or ISV or beta tester or what have you, or my licenses have been arranged by others. It is even possible that there is some way I...

TwitNotes

March 25 2008

Great job by Mikkel Heisterberg to build TwitNotes, a Twitter plug-in for Notes 8. I added this into my Notes 8.0.1 client this morning and instantly brought Twitter into my "peripheral vision" of the Notes 8 sidebar. This is exactly the kind of functionality that fits well in the Notes 8 model fo...

Notes and Domino buzz...

March 24 2008

My colleague Thomas Coustenoble has been busy building an online "buzz kit" for Notes and Domino... A large collection of links to videos, demos, community websites, and much more around the Notes/Domino marketplace. A good all-in-one-location resource for the latest tools for education (for you...

The product team informs me that the process for Lotus business partners to obtain the download of Lotus Notes Traveler for demonstration and testing purposes is now ready. I can't post the details here, but they have been posted in the Lotus Partner Forum -- and the instructions there will guara...

Then there's this...Take a look at this Flash demo of an Apple iPhone running corporate email mainstay Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange using Sybase technology. And this is without the benefits of the recently delivered SDK. Not sure when this will be available (I expect quite soon). But it show...

Hmmm....IBM spokesman Mike Azzi, in a phone interview yesterday, said IBM Lotus Notes developers will be working on a Notes e-mail application for iPhone 2.0, but he did not elaborate and could not be reached for further comment. ... There are 140 million Lotus Notes and Domino users worldwide, acc...

A couple of useful postings about getting Lotus Notes Traveler up and running...We started from scratch this morning, and managed to install the first Notes Traveler server at one of our customers. We started with a Windows 2003 (R2 SP2) server image, then a Domino 8.0.1 and finally the Notes Travel...

The Notes/Domino 8.0.1 language packs for what IBM calls group 1 and group 2a languages -- about 15 in total -- have been posted today for download. Congratulations to the internationalization team!...

Alan writes about all the tangible examples of IBM's commitment to Lotus Notes and Domino that exist today:The CIO at one of his customers was looking for proof that IBM is committed to Lotus Notes. At first I had the typical "Here we go again" reaction. But instead of getting emotional, I decided...

Let's do the mea culpa first -- Yes, I know it has been eight days since 8.0.1 eGA. Yes, I agree, this should have been addressed sooner. Yes, I agree that having any registration at all is onerous. We all agree. I wish we didn't have to, but we have to. I have not made friends internally for be...

I've been meaning to come back around to one of Chris's posts from last week...The audience was the ten employees chosen to be the champions of the pilot deployment of the Lotus Notes 8 Client. It was a lively and fun session, and today we started to roll out the Notes 8 client. The following quote...

I'm sure that if Chris Reckling weren't off skiing, he'd have written this blog entry... but good news like this just can't wait. The Lotus Notes 8 Design Team just won a huge IBM internal award -- the IBM Software Group Consumability Excellence Award. The definition on this award, which is given...

I spent some time since returning home last night looking at some of the early feedback on Notes/Domino 8.0.1. In addition to 70+ comments here, bloggers have been covering some of their initial reactions. They include: Denny Russell is happy to find the "open in designer" right click on tab opt...

Today's channel announcement of Notes/Domino 8.0.1 includes electronic general availability dates...Planned availability dates Electronic software delivery * February 20, 2008: English * March 7, 2008: Catalan, Chinese-Traditional and Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian,...

When Domino 8.0.1 ships next week, one of the anticipated new features is Lotus Notes Traveler, the new server add-in task to provide out-of-the-box mobile support for Windows Mobile devices. We've made a decision that, for a variety of reasons, Lotus Notes Traveler will be a separate download, ava...

8.0.1 update

February 12 2008

As I posted an evasive hint yesterday about when Notes/Domino 8.0.1 will be available, it struck me that it is a little odd to have to play the "ship date game" in public. Whether customer or partner, for sure if you were sitting in a meeting with me, or having a one-on-one conversation, I would...

Notes 8 performance update

February 11 2008

There are quite a number of new postings in the blogs, forums, and elsewhere about Lotus Notes 8 client performance. We've talked about it previously here, but as time get close to the release of Notes 8.0.1, it's a topic worth revisiting. John Head has written two blog entries on the topic. His...

Since many of you believe actions speak louder than words... The ITSO in conjunction with Lotus is conducting this remote residency to create a new deliverable that uses wiki technology. Wikis are a relatively new Web browser-based technology that allows remote collaboration to create a new form of...

So far, most have heard the IBM side of this story, but SAP is equally excited about Project "Atlantic":Some good things take a long time coming but they're worth the wait. Today's announcement is a welcome move for SAP customers around the world committed to Lotus Notes as their groupware platform...

Andrew has published a paper overviewing the new Domino Designer 8.5 XPages development construct. Originally written to be published on IBM's site, he's released it now as a PDF with IBM's permission. This PDF is worth a read if you want to understand new capabilities coming later this year, as w...

Someone asked me offline if I was "surprised" by the Ubuntu announcement last week. Far from it, I wanted to say something weeks ago (but obviously couldn't), when a meme was going around about how important it is to be supporting a "free" Linux distribution. I'm excited by adding another to the l...

Twice in the last 12 hours, I have heard about people learning of news related to their own product through weblogs. At dinner last night, Jeff Eisen admitted to me that he had learned about a new feature in Notes 8.0.1 through edbrill.com. Jeff, for those who don't know, is the Chief Architect fo...

A great Q&A with Darren Adams, messaging leader for Lotus in the UK, just popped up on VNUnet video. Darren is getting to be quite the movie star, with both ZDNet and now VNUnet under his belt. He'll be signing autographs at Lotusphere. Link: VNUNet Vendor Video Q&A: Lotus Notes 8...

Ninke Westra reports hearing a Lotus Notes commercial on the radio in the Netherlands:On my way to work this morning I heard something on a dutch radio station geared towards business people I had not expected to hear: an actual commercial promoting Lotus Notes 8, inviting people to give Lotus Notes...

A new feature has appeared in the Notes 8.0.1 calendar meeting entry form, quite a useful one in any organization that uses conference calling regularly... I never seem to remember my "permanent concall number". Now, I will, and there won't be any typos or misunderstandings when setting up virtu...

In the last few days, I've been contacted by a couple of different European business partners about new Domino products they've created in the webmail space. It's very interesting to learn about market demand for different approaches to web-based mail/calendar for Domino users. The first is IT R...

Program manager Jan Kenney announces an opportunity for your company's "name in lights" at Lotusphere...If you are piloting or deploying Notes/Domino 8.x OR building Composite Applications for ND8 then we are VERY interested in having your company name show up in *lights* in Lotusphere 2008 presenta...

That's the kind of headline we like, though we'd like it better if there was an acknowledgement that MS doesn't actually "dominate" a market where there are thousands of active Notes/Domino customers...Technology giant IBM has started pushing back against rival Microsoft's dominance in the Australia...

The ODF Alliance has published an updated list of governments around the world that have mandated, stipulated, or suggested the use of ODF (OpenDocument format)....Approved as an international standard (ISO 26300:2006) in May 2006, OpenDocument Format (ODF) has achieved growing acceptance as the doc...

Mary Beth Raven and team put together an awesome document on Notes 8 from an Outlook user's perspective Check out my article on developerWorks. It has some tips for setting up Notes 8 so that Outlook users feel right at home and can make an easy transition.Great stuff, chock full of screen shots and...

Lotus Notes on Facebook

December 10 2007

While a lot of what I've seen in the four months I've been on Facebook has been mostly about who is going to the grocery store and what the weather is like around the world, there have been some very cool "knowledge accidents" as a result of the social networking site. A few weeks ago, I was able t...

Just saw this link in my IBM developerworks newsletter...Visit the IBM Education Assistant for a series of brief, but informative, demos that walk you through the process of creating composite applications for Lotus Notes V8.0.60 minutes of useful information on building apps in this new paradigm....

And phase two of the Notes 8 end-user advertising begins...Stuart McIntyre quotes an e-mail from Lotus marketing in the UK:There are 3 x 15 second viral videos that will be hosted on You Tube, iTunes and also on the IBM landing page. 3 video banners are using the same clips (screenshot below) and...

Craig is riffing on the earlier discussion this week around IBM and the Domino development community...All these threads have 2 basic themes in running throughout the comments: Has IBM ignored the Domino development community? and, Is it time for the Domino developers out there to grow up? Both of...

Following up on last week's posting about the new ibm.com/lotusnotes website, the three individual Notes 8 videos are now available on YouTube as high-resolution postings: All three can be found through youtube.com/user/ibmlotusvideos I know many of you have been asking for some way to downl...

A Malaysian newspaper covers a consolidation effort, bringing together Exchange, Qmail, Domino, and other e-mail systems into a single, consolidated Lotus Domino environment. The customer now looks forward to Notes 8:"Lotus Notes is an excellent productivity tool and it allows us to build various v...

OK, I'm actually going to link to three different blog entries from this one, but I picked a deliberately provocative quote from Mr. Tripcony to get everyone's attention. First, go read these: * Tim Tripcony: AfterthoughtI suspect that, to IBM, Domino developers are an afterthought.* Tommy Valand:...

A useful technote explaining changes in the multi-lingual distribution of Notes 8.0 and beyond:[T]he Lotus Notes (Eclipse-based) client 8.x language version releases will only be available pre-packaged in French, German and Japanese. MUI packs will be required to prepare clients in any other...

It seems that the creative work is ready to go for phase 2 of the Notes 8 end-user advertising efforts. This new theme will be the lead for Notes 8 end-user advertising in 2008, starting outside of the US in Europe, Asia, and Australia: This is the "landing page" for the campaign, the destinatio...

End-users using Notes 8

November 26 2007

A customer wrote me today:FYI - Several of my co-workers were running the Outlook connector because they were unhappy with Notes 6 and 7. Every co-worker that has upgraded to Notes 8 has been very happy and no longer feels the need to run Outlook. Keep up the good work. This is way cool...and more...

Mr. Buchan's testimonial to the stability of the Domino 8 release...up and running practically since the day that Domino 8 was released, no issues:I stuck 8.00 on there the day it was released, and stuck BES v4.1.4 on there too. (BES 414 isnt supported on 8.00 - BES v4.15 will be - so dont do this a...

Looking for a short video to highlight the new-and-improved Lotus Notes 8 for end-users? Look no further than the latest IBM upload to YouTube -- straight from the marketing production team (Thanks, Thomas!). Some outtake screen shots -- I've posted all of these on flickr for use as well....

Mark Jourdain, the product manager for Notes/Domino application development, came up with a fantastic idea a few weeks ago. IBM has been looking for ways to provide additional tools for composite applciation development in Notes 8 to a broad audience. Initially, the discussion was about how to bes...

I wasn't able to make it to DNUG, the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group meeting this week in Bonn, so I arranged for Brent Peters, VP of Development for Notes/Domino, to be the keynote. Permessa CEO Stefan Mehlnorn is in Bonn and wrote about some of the upcoming Notes features that Brent previewe...

As announced by Rob Ingram over on the DominoBlog site, the final Notes/Domino 8 Redbook on deployment is now available. Rob notes:The download numbers for the draft have been impressive at over 10,000 total since it was released as an internet draft on August 2 - including being the #1 most downlo...

During my travels in Australia last week, I had the opportunity to meet an existing Lotus customer where there is pressure to consider switching to Microsoft Outlook. Hey, it happens. In the course of this meeting, one of my colleagues (I won't name by name, as that would likely identify which cus...

On Wednesday, learn the latest about Notes 8 tools for developing great applications, including composite applications:IBM Lotus Notes 8 provides a wide range of developers the ability to provide customized, integrated user interfaces via composite applications and via custom sidebar and toolbar plu...

I like these new menus... and Coming in the 8.0.1 mail template. The default actions are the top ones -- so replies do not carry attachments by default anymore....

Feel good about Notes!

November 2 2007

A few weeks ago, one of the Lotus sales representatives sent me a link (with permisson) to a cool set of PDFs created by a customer as part of their Notes 8 internal marketing. Since I have preached for years that internal marketing is a critical element of successful Notes deployments, I was very...

Cristian writes of his fondness for IBM's Swiftfile tool for Lotus Notes...I'm trying to love Notes mail folders, and I must say that one handy tool is helping me a lot: its name is SwiftFile ! (SwiftFile 4.0 for IBM Lotus Notes 8.0 , [part number] C1436EN) In my opinion, SwiftFile is a gre...

Alan discovered a really cool Notes 8 feature...There is no "Reply To All"! So now in Notes 8 when you are Bcc'd on an email, you can no longer emabarrsingly reply to everyone, considering they (everyone but the original sender) did not know you recieved the email in the first place!That's right --...

Business partner The Learning Continuum Company has released its Notes/Domino 8 application development, system administration, and end-user courses. Details available on tlcc.com Also, my colleague Joel Demay, who recently starred in a Notes 8 video en français, has posted an English language v...

Nobody wants to be first

October 15 2007

In my inbox today are two requests from large Notes customers, asking to speak to a reference of similar size who has already deployed Notes 8. I think 2-3 such requests a day is my average for the last few weeks. The problem is, there just aren't many organizations that a) have completed a rollou...

Rob Ingram is pretty jazzed about the Domino 8 performance report:It reveals very significant reductions in I/O utilization compared to Domino 7, and at the same time shows no other significant performance tradeoffs e.g: similar CPU usage compared to Domino 7. To sum up the report conclusions in on...

I've posted my presentation from Wednesday's Minneapolis user group meeting online on slideshare.net. You can also peruse the meeting notes, posted by John Smart on the user group website. Any questions let me know -- for now, I'm off to Milano, Roma, Paris, and Düsseldorf/Köln -- should be a gr...

The Taking Notes podcast has a 20 minute discussion with product manager Shawne Robinson about Lotus Notes Traveler, the new 8.0.1 feature for Domino mail/calendar/etc on Windows Mobile devices. Take a listen: Link: Taking Notes Episode 68: 2007.10.04 - Lotus Notes Traveler with Shawne Robinson...

Michael Miller writes his first impressions of the Notes 8 client:Now I know many of you reading this think Notes vanished years ago, and indeed, it sure felt like IBM gave up on it for years, preferring instead to talk about things like Workplace, which never took off. But the Notes client and Domi...

Among the many impressive new tools coming from Lotus to understand Notes 8, I found this gem last week via the developerWorks Lotus: Lotus Notes and Domino 8 technical content page. Called "Exploring New Features in IBM Lotus Notes 8", this 15 minute tool orients the end-user to all of the key new...

I know that sometimes when Lotus asks about feature changes, the response is, "you have to ask?" We are considering changing the default to "Reply without Attachment" for the Notes 8.0.1 maintenance release. In today's blog posting, Mary Beth Raven explains why we have to ask...My colleage Jeff Eise...

As already highlighted this morning by Alan Lepofsky, the trial editions of Notes 8 and Domino 8 are now available for download. The trial download link is about 2/3rds down the page. Link: Notes 8 trial Link: Domino 8 trial...

Jennifer Kelley announces a new tool on the Support blog:A tool recently posted by a member of Lotus Support is Lotus Notes Diagnostic. This tool allows you to analyze NSD and other files resulting from a Lotus Domino server crash, hang, or performance issues. Give Lotus Notes Diagnostic a try, an...

Tomas examines a recent blog posting looking at the requirements for "mastering SharePoint" and decides he doesn't like what he sees...Interesting reading for every one who wants to know a little more about the product and what it is like to work with it. Read it?... Ok! Now you now why I'm happy...

Last week, IBM held a Notes/Domino software design review in our labs in Westford, Massachusetts. A number of customers and business partners were invited to discuss the plans for the next major feature release (and beyond) of Notes and Domino. The information shared was covered by non-disclosure...

One of yesterday's announcements related to Notes/Domino 8.0.1 was Lotus Notes Traveler, a new set of Domino capabilities to support mobile devices out-of-the-box. Initial support is for Windows Mobile devices, providing mail, calendar, address book, journal, and to-do list support. The marketin...

With much thanks to Johannes Madsen, I'm pleased to report that the Danish newspaper ErhvervsBladet (The Business Paper) has given Lotus Notes 8 it's top ranking -- 6 out of 6 stars -- in a review of e-mail clients (only the print version carries the star ratings). The Lotus Notes review (Lotus Not...

The marketing team has posted a quick flash highlighting new features of Lotus Notes 8. Good stuff, coming to lotus.com/notes8 shortly (if it is not there already). Check it out...

Desktop alternatives getting more visibility...The integration of the Lotus desktop technologies with the rich environment already afforded by SLED 10 not only brings together the basic building blocks of an enterprise desktop but permits extending this desktop into existing communication systems, s...

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VNUNet covers this week's release of a Gartner report on Notes and Domino 8:The report said that IBM has fulfilled its promises made over the past two years by shipping the release, originally code-named Hannover, on time and with the expected functionality. Gartner praised improvements in usabilit...

Already...

August 28 2007

Mikkel Heisterberg and Chris Byrne report that "Notes 8 lust" is entering the market.... Lekkimworld: Already......after about one week of it being Gold we are already having customers ask us about upgrading to Notes/Domino 8. For now it is mainly the client upgrade which is the driving force behin...

Don't miss two opportunities tomorrow to talk to Notes 8 developers and support engineers on another in Lotus Support's series of "Open Mic" calls. Tomorrow's call is focused on "New features in the Notes 8 client". The calls are at 10 AM EDT and 9 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 29. Details in this te...

Published a couple of weeks ago, right before the general release, Steve Cassidy has some thoughts on Notes 8:the world's other favourite messaging and collaboration system continues to flourish while remaining outside the hype circuit, at least for us here in the UK. Lotus Notes 8 beta is available...

Some of the other blogs have been having a lively discussion about the composite applications capabilities in Notes 8. Some new buzz came out of Santosh Kumar's posting on the developerWorks composite applications blog, featuring a BIRT (business intelligence and reporting tools) component connecte...

A review of Notes 8 to go along with the feature article mentioned in the prior blog entry...Fundamentally, Lotus Notes and Domino 8 aren't about new mail and calendar features. Rather, this release is about a paradigm shift in the desktop client. Your inbox is now home base for integrating all type...

A bunch of news coverage has hit in the last couple of days around Notes/Domino 8 ship... IT Jungle: Notes/Domino 8 Hits the Streets: At IBM Lotus, the introduction of Notes/Domino 8 last Friday was a huge step into the future. More than at any time in recent memory, Notes has taken off its old co...

One of the Lotus IT Specialists sent me a note last week, describing a Notes 8 presentation she gave. She was at one of our top customers, and was presenting about Notes 8 for the first time to a group of line-of-business end-users. Her initial slide was and she asked the audience to vote....

David Ferris and Nick Shelness have shared their initial observation on Notes/Domino 8: * Notes/Domino has a rich set of non-email methods of collaboration. The tools are gradually being integrated. Lotus users have a substantial technology edge over Exchange users in this regard. * There's p...

I spoke with ZDNet yesterday about Notes/Domino 8....It's no secret that the Lotus Notes UI has been, shall we say ... cumbersome over the years (since Notes 5?). IBM hopes to have cleared that hurdle with a new interface, featuring a sidebar that summarizes all the user's tools in one place, includ...

We recorded a great podcast yesterday covering the Notes/Domino 8 launch. Julian Robichaux interviews Mary Beth Raven, Alan Lepofsky, Rob Novak and me. We answer questions about favorite features, expected market results, and what happens next. Worth a 40-ish minute listen. Link: Taking Notes p...

Please note that this entry is "post-dated" in order to stay at the top of the blog on Friday...watch below for news coverage and whatever else comes along today. It has been more than two years since Notes "Hannover" was announced at the Deutsche Notes Users Group in Hannover, Germany. Fina...

eWeek coverage of the launch..."The groundwork for Notes for the next 10 to 15 years is to move beyond the client server to this completely open applications client," said Ed Brill, Lotus Notes strategy executive for IBM's Software Group. "If we didn't move in the direction of openness, you could se...

The official press release is out... "Our customers are calling Lotus Notes 8 the 'desktop of the future' because it consolidates all their collaboration tools into one screen," said Michael Rhodin, GM, IBM Lotus Software. "Collaboration is eclipsing email as the killer appwe use daily, whether...

First of the coverage rolls in...The new features may help IBM hold on to customers in the corporate e-mail market, which generated sales of $2.47 billion last year, according to Matt Cain, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. ``Lotus Notes 8 offers a new level of sophistication fro...

And finally...

August 16 2007

the last time I'll be running this install.......

The Notes/Domino 8 salestalk we had on Tuesday was one of the most popular internal enablement calls ever for Lotus software. We also had dozens of business partners on the line, and I know I'll be talking to more partners on Thursday's "Think Thursdays" call in just a few hours. At any rate, many...

I'm not sure anyone is going to believe me that this is a coincidence of timing, but today,Tuesday the 14th, IBM is publishing the announcement letter for Lotus Notes and Domino 8 (Thanks, Stu, for the TinyURL). Now that the announcement is out there, what might be of interest within? Shippi...

IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Deployment Guide This IBM Redbooks Publication provides valuable information about Lotus Notes and Domino 8 for all kinds of organizations. The intended audience spans from a CIO to an Administrator to a Developer. It provides the audience a structured and planned app...

Hi everyone. There is still time for you to register for the two Collaboration University events taking place in September. The web site lists the sessions, speakers, and more. These are going to be fantastic events. Unfortunately I (Alan, Ed will be there) can't attend, but you should!...

So last week, Mike Rhodin made a commitment to announce the ship date for Notes 8 during his visit to Lotus Day in Japan on 31 July. I checked with my colleagues in Japan, and Mike did indeed make such an announcement. He announced that the Japanese version of Notes/Domino 8 will ship on 11 Septem...

I'm now running the July 23rd pre-release build of Lotus Notes 8. This build is the last one we're making available to managed beta customers and design partners. From here on in, the daily builds are ready for production, should the quality and other metrics be met. I am genuinely impressed at...

The Notes and Domino catalog on ibm.com has been updated with listings for 20 partners who have built or updated their Notes/Domino applications for ND8 -- a total of 36 solutions so far. This is the first time (at least in a long time) that IBM has been able to announce applications ready for a ne...

I want to thank Stephen McGibbon for finding an error in the recently published white paper on the Notes 8 productivity editors. Microsoft's Stephen McGibbon claimed on his blog that the default formats were not ODF, based on the whitepaper. The whitepaper had a table that was based on a prior vers...

On a divisional call this morning, Lotus GM Mike Rhodin indicated that he will announce the final ship date for Lotus Notes and Domino 8 next week at the Lotus Day events in Japan. Yes, it will be in August... Oops, left out this thought from the original posting. During the call, Rhodin specific...

There's one topic left from my Japan trip a few weeks ago, and the fact that I haven't been able to get around to writing about it is somewhat ironic. One of the topics that came up in almost every meeting I had in Japan was Notes/Domino upgrades, and the rate and pace of upgrades. I've known for...

The July 16 pre-release candidate of Notes/Domino 8 is in the hands of beta testers and design partners tonight, as the march towards release continues. Mary Beth Raven commented last week about our role in the release "jury", voting on readiness of each candidate build. I know part of what I'll b...

Niklas and team are authoring a blog about composite applications on IBM developerworks, and today's posting is a great overview of the technical benefit of the Notes 8 composite applications model:I think that composite applications have the potential to significantly change the way customers, ISVs...

IBM Training has announced the first face-to-face Notes/Domino 8 classes, starting in August: Building the IBM Lotus Domino 8 Infrastructure (click this link for Australia, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand) Exploring New Features in IBM Lotus Domino 8 Administration (click this link for Australia,...

A new 12-page overview paper covers the basics of the productivity tools included in Lotus Notes 8. The primary objective of this paper is to establish a basic understanding of capabilities of the editors...it is not (and won't be) a feature-for-feature comparison. Use this paper to help your orga...

A new four-page brochure on Notes 8 is now available for download...will be added to the Notes 8 pages in the next couple of days. Help your executives understand the new release... There's also a short two-page flyer available-- Notes/Domino 8 in 8x11 format and in A4 format. Good stuff......

Margo Ezekiel writes on Mary Beth's blog about the mail recall decision::Based on the responses to this blog and Ed Brill's blog, we decided that Mail recall will be ON in version 8.0. We will revisit this decision again in 8.0.1, so if you have good or bad experiences with the default setting for...

ND8 progress

June 27 2007

It seems like an hour can't go by without someone asking me, when are Lotus Notes and Domino 8 going to ship? Perhaps because of the release of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, perhaps because we're coming up on the mid-point of 2007, perhaps because people are simply excited...the question pops...

Watching from the distant sidelines, the ongoing effort by Microsoft to make Office Open XML an ISO standard has all the stuff of a great mystery novel... another in a series, with recurring characters, like the best of Ludlum or Chandler. Having lived through an all-out attack on my own product, I...

A question came in from a customer about the Notes 8 "mail recall" feature. This feature is the one I often refer to in presentations as the "over my dead body" feature, because I maintained for a long time that we wouldn't implement it, that it was the wrong thing for an era where people "live in...

John Roling takes a look at the Notes 8 beta's user interface improvements...As a long-time Notes user, I'm really pleased with the direction Lotus is taking with the new client. It's no longer ugly, it works a lot more the way you think it should, and the move to the Eclipse-based framework really...

On Mary Beth Raven's weblog, the design team has an entry from last week that's worth another look. One of the comments I've heard about the improved UI in Notes 8 is that people miss the ability to click-and-drag to select multiple Notes mail messages. It's funny how much pressure we had to con...

Link: IBM.com: IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software: building on the evolution of people-centric applications (PDF, links being added throughout ibm.com/lotus)...

The development team has just (quite proudly) sent around a screen shot showing that the Notes 8 calendar will include calendar week numbers. Why is this news? Well, a few weeks ago, they had indicated in the beta forum that this feature wouldn't make the 8.0 release. Some wondered if we had a "d...

Lotus Education has announced their initial lineup of coursework for Notes and Domino 8 education. It's great to see them out front of the ND8 release. I'm also excited to see their renewed emphasis on the end-user, both with a course and a reference card (definitely a frequent request). Check ib...

Kevin Cavanaugh (VP Notes/Domino development) has asked me a few times to gauge the reaction to last week's Notes and Domino 8 beta 3 posting. There hasn't been quite as much buzz as there was around the first public beta, just three months ago. We've had about 15,000 downloads in the first week -...

It's hard to find just the right words...something like a horse race announcer's "Down the stretch they come!" Beta 3, posted yesterday, downloaded more than 2000 times just in the first twelve hours, has arrived. This is the third, and last, public beta planned for the Notes/Domino 8 cycle. It...

Coming very, very soon...just in time for a wee user group meeting... Update at 4 PM CDT: Notes and Domino 8 beta 3 is now posted for download. I will post some comments about the new - final - beta tomorrow....

Computerworld's top story... This review confirms the cautious decision-making we used in determining when to go to public beta. While many customers will wait for the official release to consider Notes 8, public beta is the unveiling -- and unlike the product itself, there's no "recall" button...

Just happened across this preference by accident: Good addition on top of the "ghosted" feature for seeing invitations on your calendar before processing....

That’s viral

May 21 2007

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A few weeks ago, an IBMer sent me a note with an interesting suggestion. He reminded me that two years ago, I had a blog topic which received over 200 comments -- "If I could add ONE feature to Lotus Notes 7.x, it would be..." The suggestion -- let's see how we did! (Remembering that we hadn't eve...

Click through there to be able to see, and download, different sizes, up to 1400 x 1050. Thanks Denise, Mary Beth, and the rest of the design team!...

Nice job, Denise Shaw, on the new Notes 8 splash ... I spent some time last night updating to this week's Notes 8 build. Things I notice immediate versus beta 2 -- Much much faster and tighter. The team has done a great job moving the client along in the last seven weeks The preferences have...

It appears my Domino mail server has been upgraded to Domino 8 beta, as I've seen my first ghost -- that is, the first "ghosted" entry on my Notes 8 calendar. Invitations that have not yet been acted upon show up in black on white background prior to processing, making it easy to visualize all new...

As previously mentioned, Domino 8 will include a limited entitlement to Tivoli Directory Integrator, for use with Lotus Domino. In this YouTube video, the TDI team demonstrates synchronizing Domino directory with Active Directory. A second video shows the "how-to" to go along with the demo. A...

Rob Ingram has some updated information on directory updates in Domino 8, including a view for tracking in-use Notes clients, a directory "lint" cleanup tool, and the inclusion of a limited license to use IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator:With Lotus Domino 8, customers are granted an entitlement, or "...

Niklas Heidloff and team has posted some good pointers in the last few days, including: How you develop Eclipse components in an Eclipse IDE and run them on Lotus Notes Developing composite applications -- Notes components Designing composite applications -- Component design Building Composit...

Good articles about Notes/Domino 8 public beta -- now at over 22,000 downloads -- continue...Things change, though, and IBM is legitimately thrilled to be introducing a beta version of Notes/Domino 8 with a redesigned interface, handy e-mail conveniences, no-cost productivity editors, and greatly ex...

IBM VP Bob Sutor sums up the perilous position of Microsoft's Open XML effort vs. the ISO approved Open Document Format standard:I think there are many reasons why Microsoft's XML specification for its own Office products, OOXML, will ultimately fail in the marketplace. Many people, including myself...

Volker has a short entry at vowe.net featuring the announcement of the Notes/Domino 8 launch event in Germany, taking place on 24 October. He asks a reasonable question -- if the launch event is in October, when is the product launching? Well, I can't answer that yet. The announced ship date is "...

Computerworld runs a more comprehensive story about the Notes/Domino 8 public beta, quoting John Head, Nathan Freeman, and proud papa Chris Whisonant ..."This is not your father's Notes," said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Lotus messaging and collaboration products at IBM. At the same time, he add...

We've just passed the 15,000 download mark for Notes/Domino 8 public beta...Beta versions of the next generation of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino 8 collaboration applications are now available for free download by users who want to test the new functions and user interfaces incorporated in the produc...

In no particular order.... Tagging: It has been suggested that bloggers adopt the Technorati tag "notes8beta" for postings about the Notes/Domino 8 beta. Seems like a good idea. Reporting bugs: In addition to the discussion in the Notes/Domino 8 public beta forum, there is a specific way to rep...

Ooh, pretty

March 12 2007

My Tuesday is occupied with Lotusphere Comes to You in central Wisconsin USA. While I'm off buying cheese at Mars Cheese Castle, I'll leave some eye candy behind. When's the last time anyone said that about Lotus Notes?!?!?! Via Alexander Kluge -- "Lotus Notes 8 in CinemaScope"...

Clearly, the earlier-than-expected public posting of Notes/Domino 8 beta 2 was a hot ticket this weekend. Even with the server overload on Saturday afternoon, I'm told the first 24 hours were "unprecedented" in the number of downloads -- surprising to all, considering that it was competing with ot...

OK, the development team has helped me as a salesperson, exceeding customer expectations. Instead of posting early next week, they decided to go live with Notes and Domino 8 beta 2 very late last night. You can find all the cool stuff, including downloads, at www.ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now. This...

We've just communicated to IBMers and business partners that the Notes/Domino 8 beta 2, the "public beta", will be posted early next week. Keep an eye on ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now, and of course, I'll announce availability here....

Not today...

February 27 2007

OK, it's the 28th where I am, so let's get this over with. The Notes/Domino 8 beta 2 build will not be posted today. Internal process-wise, today is a big day as we will be making a go-no go call on the code itself, along with several other important readiness factors. After that meeting, we shou...

The Domino team blog has a great new entry about some of the significant performance improvements in Domino 8:Domino 7 delivered improvements in performance with most of the focus around reducing CPU requirements by between 25-50%, In Domino 8, there are a number of further performance and other imp...

I feel like I'm stealing blog topics from the vacationing Mary Beth Raven... Here's how the Workspace looks in the February 15th build of Notes 8. Update: Since all the comments have been negative so far, I should add the caveat here that I have no idea if this is final, interim, whatever. P...

At Lotusphere, IBM announced that the public beta of Notes/Domino 8 would be available this quarter. We are getting very close. I've just finished installing the February 15th build -- admittedly, the first update I've done since beta 1 in November. I'm very impressed with the work that has gone...

Julie Kadashevich has written a detailed article about the coming changes in the Notes/DWA out of the office notification process in Domino 8:The Out of Office functionality is one of the most widely used features of the IBM Lotus Notes mail template. This functionality has been completely re-writte...

Joe Litton is considering an alternate career as a stenographer....Episode 47 (22 January 2007, Monday of Lotusphere) featured an interview with Mary Beth Raven (Lead Product Designer for Notes 8), and Jeff Eisen (Lotus Notes Chief Architect). There is so much great content in this podcast that I wa...

I think that about says it all...The new UI is sweet and the implementation around Eclipse rich client platform is better looking than anything I have seen in Eclipse land so far. The boundaries between browser and rich client really are breaking down in Lotus land, just in time for competition with...

Yesterday, the industry association Ecma approved Microsoft's Open XML as a standard, and agreed to submit the standard to the ISO for adoption. Standardizing Open XML will aid interoperability between Office, the most widely used productivity suite among consumers and businesses, and other competi...

Craig Lordan highlights the way the Out-of-the-Office process is updated in Notes 8...It seems to happen all the time that I receive Out of Office replies for people I've never heard of, and I can't remember what email I sent them -- probably because it was some reply-to-all situation. It seems I ge...

Notes 8 is feeding my blog

December 4 2006

A couple of weeks ago, Mary Beth Raven previewed the Notes 8 sidebar feature. This was probably the first place IBM publicly noted that the Notes 8 client will include an RSS feed subscription capability. In her entry, Mary Beth noted that for beta, there are a few Notes-related feeds pre-populate...

Mary Beth Raven and I did an update session on Notes/Domino 8 here at Admin/Developer 2006 Europe. Chris Miller was hiding in the back row of the room, live blogging. In Chris's style, I can't find a sentence or two that would make a reasonable quote here. He transcribed what we talked about, add...

Looks like things are moving along nicely...a beta build of Notes 8 has been made available internally to the first 500 IBMers beyond the development organization. I'm in the process of downloading now. We still haven't lifted the restriction on doing external demonstrations, though that will come...

OK, so there are already 76 comments, but I suspect a few of you share my affection for the double-right click after using Notes for a dozen years.... But one confession. In Notes 8 "Hannover", HTML rendering in e-mail is now being done by an embedded browser object (IE). So the HTML rendering i...

Not an illusion

October 5 2006

and not just in mail......

Wow WOW WOW have I been waiting for these! Two new papers -- PHB length... First up, "IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino roadmap." Very clear, conscise messages. Not just about "Hannover", but commitment beyond that, now in print. Second, we have a ten-page preview of Notes "Hannover", covering...

And and and

August 23 2006

This has been discussed a bit in the Lotus Partner Forum over the last few days, and it seems like a good thing to surface here. In Notes "Hannover", the default search behavior will assume AND searches, as in a search entered as Thomas Gumz Lotus will search for Thomas AND Gumz AND Lotus. In Not...

Jeff starts on the FAQ for Notes Hannover, including what is increasingly becoming the worst-kept secret at IBM...Currently, there is no official number assigned to Hannover or Domino Next because any numbering and naming has to clear lengthy legal hurdles. But, between you and me, the number is li...

A comment made by Domino agent guru Julie Kadashevich in the Lotus Partner Forum prompted me to take another look at her Lotusphere 2006 presentation. What's the news? Wow, I had no idea -- what Julie is saying is that the Out-of-the-Office process in "Hannover" will provide instant response to...

As a follow-up to Wednesday's Notes "Hannover" usability blog about locking the Notes client, Mary Beth Raven wrote:here's what we've decided: 1. We want to give you configurable function keys but can't fit it in with all the other things for Hannover. So we're taking note for a future relea...

On Wednesday, Mary Beth Raven asked, Notes has a feature called "Lock Display" or "Lockout" (press F5 or choose File - Security - Lock Display). Do you use it? How often?So far, 60 responses. I personally am voting with those who suggest that the function keys become mappable by admins or v...

I certainly expected this posting to get more than ten people commenting...We also have plans to improve the Workspace as well. There are 2 ways in which we're re-designing the Workspace. 1. Making the items on your workspace more findable in the Launcher (the subject of this posting). 2....

Lotus product manager Chris Reckling has a comprehensive writeup on Maureen Leland's session at DNUG/ILTF earlier this week. Chris says:We'll already have Workplace Designer, Forms Designer, Portlet Factory, and Rational App Developer in Eclipse...so, the obvious thing to do would be to also e...

Now I know why Maurren Leland was so focused on heading in from dinner early on Monday night.... Unfortunately, I missed Maureen's session here at DNUG/ILTF yesterday. Here's a bit about something she covered:Seeing what the Eclipse editors could do for the same experience in Workplace Des...

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