Want to Beta Test IBM Lotus Notes 8?

It seems as that the initial 12,000 beta testers isn't enough, so IBM is publically allowing computer users to sign up for a free open beta program for Lotus and Domino 8. The completed versions of which are expected to be launched in mid-summer. The software touts new features such as a redesigned interface that facilitates quick views of important e-mails by grouping them into threads and enhanced search capabilities that extend beyond the in-box. Beyond the new collaborative features in Lotus Notes, IBM in January introduced Lotus Connections, software that the company says paves the way for "business-grade social computing." Connections allows on MySpace-like sites, or rather, corporate intranets for office workers.

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Excellent software. As a Notes/Domino Developer, I can tell you that ND6 is very fine and supports AJAX quite nicely. The company I work for is a Global firm... so we're a bit behind in our software version. I'm hoping we will jump from 6.5+ right to Version 8 since it brings the UI up to the richness users expect. We have 60k+ employees, and the ease of Security, Rapid Application Development, Workflow, Groupware functionality that Lotus provides, especially to employees living in different timezones/countries, is unmatched by any other vendor. Anyone who says otherwise, hasn't seen a modern application written on Notes/Domino 6 or above. I'm extremely pleased with the backward compatibility of Lotus software and how I can code my applications with Java, Javascript, .Net, LotusScript, VisualBasic, VBA, AJAX, Dreamweaver, Flash and even with good 'ole @Formula. Take your pick, or mix and match on the fly. In short: ND8 will be a killer app. There aren't enough Lotus programmers though. Good career opportunities available... high demand! Check out openntf.org for freeware and support resources.

better than the lotus 9.5 or somethin'. it's still ocasionally in use where i work but must say i really hate it. it's clunky and it's not compatible with anything. it's fast but so is any app from 1998. 123 is rather supported but lwp is not and has a nasty structure so nobody made it support for it. the new interface looks better than the unnatural old interface but it's still far from perfect. the start time of the new lotus notes is painful. the app moves incredibly slow on my athlon 3000+ with 1gb of ram dual channel ddr800 and sata2 hdd with 16mb of buffer. office 2003 works instantly on my machine. i downloaded and installed it to see if it got any better and i was curioaus how it evolved. i still don't like it and it takes too much space and and it moves way too slow and and not by a long shot "fast" as they advertise. don't know why it feels like openoffice 2 only slower and taking 10 times the space. i also must add that the app hung a couple of time in it's short usage and gave a few script errors. lame for a beta 2. conclusion: no! better openooffice 2 or if u got too much money or u are a arrg! then use ms office.

They should open source Lotus Notes. It might give it some real possibilities, it works ok, but its hardly at the cutting edge of anything... IBM could still make money from selling support contracts, which pretty much every company would buy in my experience.

I work for IBM so I have to use Notes for everything, it's really pretty good but the startup times suck so much - hope they work on that. That goes for Sametime too. I imagine they'll be rolling it out to their employees soon.

Shame the other Lotus products aren't so good - I cringe on the rare occasions I have to open something in 123 or Word Pro...

Working for Abn Amro ,Under the Lotus Notes Support Team heck i'd love to try :D
Fort the ignorant if you know MS Exchange then you know Lotus Notes, both are widely used in corporate world for day to day activities.

The top five major banks in Canada use lotus notes, three for sure, and the other two I am pretty sure on. But lotus (notes especially) is used by what I would consider the vast majority of international/large scale businesses. - j

Those poor *******. No wonder they service charge us to death.....it's revenge.

Notes is, as Sideshow Mel would say, "Terrrrrible!!"

im not sure what version my work is using, but lotus notes is very popular is big and small businesses.

the company i work for is probably using an earlier version of lotus notes, and we are a 40+million a year company, worldwide we are over 400+million. All of our subsidiaries use lotus notes.

Lotus still exists? I remember my pops using it back in the 80s but now everyone is using Excel. Lotus can never make a come back.

There is obviously market demand or IBM wouldn't be developing it...

The fact that there are already 12K beta testers shows that to be true... You might feel as if you onto MS for life, but the rest of the world isn't. Also, monopolies aren't set in stone in the computer world. Depending on your age you might remember the transfer of search monopoly from Yahoo to Google...

frazell said,
There is obviously market demand or IBM wouldn't be developing it...

Well, they think there's a market for it, anyways. We'll see.

people are downloading it, first because its a free download, second because its opendoc. but the interface really looks bad overall, for one (though much better than the original Lotus designs, they're still a little clumsy) . and, something people won't point out, is that a lot of new things are copied from MS design. for instance the outlook layout, how contacts work, and the property pages.

and its just odd, odd, and shows a lack of perspective that they advertise features like this, which not only isn't exciting, but have been standard design in interfaces for years: "New contact card views open in a separate window "

wow!

frazell said,
There is obviously market demand or IBM wouldn't be developing it...

I work for one of the largest chemical companies in the world and we use Lotus Notes. So yes there is a market.

Deihmos said,
Lotus still exists? I remember my pops using it back in the 80s but now everyone is using Excel. Lotus can never make a come back.

Perhaps if you knew what Lotus notes is you could offer a more informed opinion.

Deihmos said,
Lotus still exists? I remember my pops using it back in the 80s but now everyone is using Excel. Lotus can never make a come back.

Do you even know what sort of software Lotus Notes is??

Alphanumeric said,

Do you even know what sort of software Lotus Notes is??

Its kind of obvious he doesn't ;)

Anyway, I use it where I work, for a large (30,000+ employee) financial company and it works well enough, despite being very odd and unconventional...