eWeek has a detailed story on the Notes/Domino roadmap, based on an interview with Penny Scharfman:

Due for a February 2008 launch, 8.0.1 will bring widgets to the Notes client sidebar.

Popularized by Google's Gadgets library, widgets are lightweight applications that deliver information such as news feeds or stock quotes in small pop-up windows meant to be informative, fun and unobtrusive.  They are popular because nontechnical users can import or even drag and drop them into their existing applications without sucking up the time or resources associated with traditional software downloads.

To wit, IBM's My Widgets feature uses IBM technology called Live Text to find patterns and phrases and associate them with a pertinent widget.  Users can drag and drop, or import various kinds of widgets such as Google Gadgets, news feeds and Web pages, into a new widgets panel in the Lotus Notes sidebar, Penny Scharfman, program director for Lotus Domino products at IBM, told eWEEK in a briefing here Jan. 21.

Live Text resembles a URL in that the text is highlighted and underlined in the body of an e-mail. For example, a manager might click on a purchase order number in an e-mail and see the real-time status of the order. The idea is to save users the hassle of leaving Lotus to find information housed on another site.
The article also covers "Atlantic", Lotus Traveler, the Quickr plug-in for Notes 8, 8.5 features, and more.

Link: eWeek: A Sneak Peek at Future Notes, Domino Features  >

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