September 3 2010
The blog post I've wanted to write all week...Ryan Heathers got to it first:
I've been reading the many articles on the new Gmail Priority Inbox with great interest. People are praising this "innovative" Gmail feature all over the place. And it is pretty cool. But as Alan Lepofsky pointed out, Lotus Notes has had similar inbox categorization features for over a decade. But apparently, few people know that. Or maybe, few people care…Ryan even goes on to be helpful to those who haven't seen this:
The Lotus Notes categorized inbox provides many of the features that everyone is raving about in Gmail's release. In Notes, your inbox can sort emails according to high priority marks, calendar invites, and the unwashed masses of regular emails. It’s helpful. If you're a person who receives critical calendar invites interspersed with stacks of regular emails, it can be a life-saving feature.
How to implement a Categorized Inbox in Lotus NotesFor a long time, the version of the mail template that IBM offers internally has included a categorized view like this. High priority messages are in a separate twistie, calendar workflow/invitations are in a separate twistie, etc.
The first step to implementing a categorized inbox in Lotus Notes requires that the 'Pick Inbox Style' agent that Lotus provides be revealed so that users can select their preferred inbox style. This is quick and easy to do, but unfortunately IT has to get involved if it’s not yet implemented for your company. So that's a drawback. Lotus provides a single categorized inbox folder design, however, it's possible to add additional designs to the list of options.
(Yes, we have an updated version of this template that shows unread messages in bold/black rather than red...)
So, yeah, hoopla about GMail priority inbox, which even flatters with the Lotus colors (hat tip to my friend Brian):
but not nearly as innovative as is being said.
Link: Notes on Productivity: Hey Gmail, Lotus Notes Did It First >