I very rarely use Lotus Notes and Domino because I’ve only ever used MS Outlook in an office, but I’m sure plenty of you do, so you’ll be excited, I think, to know that Version 8 has finally been released. It’s been two years in the making, but the latest version was built on the open source Eclipse platform, which means mashups can link older apps with newer apps. Michael Rhodin, GM, of IBM Lotus Software had this to say about the latest version,
Our customers are calling Lotus Notes 8 the ‘desktop of the future’ because it consolidates all their collaboration tools into one screen. Collaboration is eclipsing email as the killer app we use daily, whether your virtual desktop is on your desk, in your car, your hand, or your ear. Notes and Domino 8 is your personal portal to the Web 2.0 world.
IM is also included in Notes as well as ODF support that allows users to import and export MS Office apps and an RSS reader. Pricing: Lotus Notes 8 software starts at SRP of $101 per client. For a browser-based alternative, IBM Domino Web Access clients are $73 per user. IBM Lotus Domino server software starts at an SRP of $14.75 per value unit. Lotus Domino Express solutions for small and medium businesses, inclusive of client and server, start at an SRP of $99 per user.