Lotus Notes/Domino 6 RC groupware

I tested a Lotus Notes/Domino 6 release candidate (the retail re­lease will be shipping by the time you read this) and found a lot of things to like, including an overhauled interface, improved mail tools and upgraded calendaring features.

The most notable improvement is a new look, one that is clearly inspired by Microsoft’s Outlook. Lotus Notes’ revamped welcome page now offers more options, including the ability to link to databases and file folders. Its upgraded preview pane is con­siderably easier to use.

Lotus claims it has introduced more than 1000 refinements into version 6’s messaging and calendaring features. Among my favourites is the ability to edit and then resend an attachment within Notes, instead of having to detach, edit, save, and reattach the file. Another improvement lets you mark a document for deletion, removing it from the Inbox and placing it in the Trash folder.

Version 6 lets you use colours to dis­ting­uish mail from key individuals and to differentiate calendar entry types. These changes help, but Notes still needs some additional enhancements (such as the ability to highlight a meeting or to print more usable calendars).

Attention has been placed on reducing network traffic, server side upgrades, roam­ing profiles and improving various filtering and Domino policy systems.

In brief: Lotus Notes/Domino 6 Release Candidate
(Preproduction version, not rated)
Many small improvements yield a stronger overall product, but the calendar still needs some work.
Price: Domino Messaging server $1205, Enterprise Server $4047. Client Access Licences for Lotus 6 start at $148. Lotus Domino Designer 6 is $925.
Distributor: IBM
Phone: 13 2426
URL: www.ibm.com/au

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