Dave Delay, an IBM developer who used to work on Notes, noticed that Notes bashing is in fashion again this month, and so he writes:

In my opinion, people dislike Notes because their expectations don't jive with the original intent of the product. At its core, Notes is a runtime environment for collaborative applications, but when people complain about Notes, they are usually not talking about core Notes at all. They are talking about the Notes Mail and Calendar applications.
which, in some opinions, is the set of applications which need freshening up -- and as such, are getting major attention in Notes "Hannover".  But Dave, like many of us, is tired of the bashing, and says:
Here's what I am really saying to people who dislike Notes: Grow up please. You may have preferred the mail application you used in your last job. You may have a dozen small complaints about how Notes works. But don't say Notes sucks and recommend throwing it out. That's like throwing out the baby with the bath water. Chances are your IT department has many good reasons for sticking with Notes. Have you asked what those reasons are?
Some good comments in discussion already, with ex-Notes-developer/now-MS Bob Congdon chiming in as well.  I like this comment from "Brian":
I've never seen a company be so steadfast in maintaining compatibility between releases. This includes the user interface. I think the Notes designers have done a great job walking that fine line. I can't say the same for MSFT.
This is exactly the answer I gave to a colleague the other day about the sent "folder" actually being a view in the Notes mailbox.  It could (and may yet) be changed, but it would take a lot of evaluation about backward compatibility, interoperability, and application integration.

Link: Dave Delay's Runtime Log: I love Lotus Notes >

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