Moving from MS Outlook 97 to Lotus notes R5

Subject: Moving from MS Outlook 97 to Lotus notes R5
From: SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 10:45:30 EST

Yaacov Garber <ygarber -at- e-and-c -dot- com> is unimpressed with the prospect of
switching to Lotus Notes and wants to collect war stories. My company uses
Lotus Notes (4.6.2), and I have about six years of experience with it.

Notes is really a database product that includes e-mail. For the purpose you
describe (tracking and threading product development documentation), Notes is
excellent. It has capabilities, and there exist plug-ins, for storing,
cataloging, tracking, and maintaining specs, bug reports, customer requests,
internal discussions, phone lists--you name it.

As an e-mail tool it's perfectly adequate, but I wouldn't say it's optimized
for that function. It can be extremely quirky, in fact. UI designers have
excoriated its mail interface. (There's a whole wing of the User Interface
Hall of Shame devoted to Notes; you can find it on the Web if you're so

On the other hand, I know of no viruses written for Notes. Switching from
Outlook means never having to rebuild your hard disk again. On the whole, I
am happy with Notes.

-- Steve

Steven Jong, Documentation Team Manager ("Typo? What tpyo?")
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