I've mentioned a few times in the last few weeks that I've been working with Esther Dyson and various IBMers on a report that discusses the future of e-mail and user interfaces.  The final report has been published, and it's 35+ pages of fascinating reading.  Covering a dozen different vendors and approaches, the paper outlines several different visions for how we will interact with electronic communications and knowledge in the future.
Several pages of the report discuss IBM's "Remail" project, and how that research work is taking shape in current or future versions of Lotus Notes and the Lotus Workplace client technology.  Some quotes:

  • "Notes has continued to evolve, becoming more open and garnering 100-million plus users and a thriving development community. IBM has continued to extend the product and its Notes-supporting/absorbing Workplace Client Technology will be one of the key players in the new process-management world."
  • "IBM Workplace Client Technology helps a user assess the sweep of a giant inbox that holds alerts, messages, activities and conversations, with visualizations that make it easy to explore each of them from a variety of perspectives. It's ideal for people with complicated, intermingled, distracted lives."
  • "The collection of features in Remail is stunning. The simple ones should be out this year, including collections, source-tagging, the message thread arcs and some of the calendaring functionality, as part of Lotus Workplace 2.5. Others will come later."
  • "The Activity Explorer will be part of WCT 2.0 -- but as a 'technology preview,' or a beta component of a shipping product suite.  With charming diffidence, IBM is offering it to customers with the subtext: "We know it's imperfect and it's new, but tell us how you like it and how to improve it." From the demo we saw, it looks like a winner, because it clarifies rather than adds complexity."
The report is copyrighted, but you can purchase a copy online for only US$80.  It's compelling reading if you are at all interested in where this stuff is going.Link: Esther Dyson's Release 1.0: Meta-mail: A medium for meaning >

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