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Lotus Notes 8.5 ships, free IBM Symphony suite coming

updated 11:30 pm EST, Tue January 6, 2009

Lotus Notes 8.5 announced

IBM (Booth No. 3418 N) is now shipping Lotus Notes 8.5 and also at Macworld Expo announced that a final version of its free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation software will be available later this month. Lotus Notes 8.5 offers an estimated 40-percent storage reduction by limiting attachments to a one-copy-only system and improves the user-friendly aspects of the software, arranging collaborative tools onto one screen, linking team rooms, instant messaging, to do lists, calendars and browsers all in one space.

Notes 8.5 is now integrated with Google, Yahoo and numerous smaller Internet calendars, and can display calendar listings from multiple sources in a single view. Using Safari, Lotus Notes license-holders can access notes from anywhere. It also offers support for Google widgets.

Lotus Notes 8.5 will ship later in January, with a similar licensing model. Mac requirements have not been announced.

by MacNN Staff





  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bloated client

    Now, all previous Mac versions of Notes clients were even more bloated than the Windows one. If there's any chance at someone there actually making an effort to slime it down, it would be just spectacular.

    What would be even more spectacular is if they were to finally build a true native iPod client (which would support those Notes database applications as well). Even if it only supported mail, calendaring and other workgroup features, it would still be enough to displace BlackBerry from all those Notes shops. Keep in mind, while Exchange is the king, Notes is just behind it, and it still commands a formidable market share.

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Actually, it's pretty much dead even in the corporate market - Notes and Exchange are about 40% each for marketshare. The "Other" brings up the other 20%.

    That being said, the reliability, scalability and features of Notes blow the POS known as Exchange out of the water.

  1. facebook_Jane

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    SMS from Lotus Notes


    You may also check how to send sms from lotus notus with Ozeki NG SMS Gateway:

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