Lotus Notes Good or Bad?

Okay, I just got done reading a humerous post, where the user complains about Lotus Notes.  Let me point out a couple of comments that I really enjoyed reading:


Quick, How do you compose a new email in your favorite email client? Ctrl + N, I hear you say. Not so with Lotus Notes. To create a new email, oh wait, Lotus calls it ‘New Memo’, you have to hit Ctrl + M.


And this one:


If you are in Inbox and press F5 (The windows standard for ‘Refresh’), Lotus Notes locks itself (behaves like Locking your workstation using Ctrl + Alt + Delete)! Nice, huh?


I love it!  Why is that funny?  Because Lotus Notes is NOT Outlook!!  Period, end-of-statement.  Everyone tries to make it like Outlook, but it’s not.  That would be like using a Linksys router for 5 years, then buying a larger Cisco router, and saying Cisco sucks because it’s nothing like a Linksys!  Or using an Avaya Telephone, and moving to Cisco or Shortel telephones.


I’ll go on record, I administrate BOTH Exchange AND Domino systems.  I have just as many issues and complaints about Outlook, as I get in Notes.  Guess what!  Software isn’t perfect!  There will ALWAYS be issues.  Thank goodness, or I’d be out of a job!


Another quote from another author in a comment:


Can I plow a field with a donkey? Yes. Can I do it better with, say, a tractor? Hell yes! Can I dig a hole and pull the dirt away with a donkey? Yes. Can I do it better with a dump truck? Hell yes! Can I get onto a donkey and ride it around? Yes. Could I even put skis on its feet and ride it down a mountain? Yes. Is it going to work well? NO!



IMHO, Notes is a donkey. The engineers are so impressed with all the things one can do with Notes that they have lost sight of the fact that it doesn’t many of them very well.


Heh, this one really makes me laugh.  How many things does Microsoft say that Active Directory or Windows 2003 Server do?  Now, how many things do you actually use?  20%, if that?  C’mon, it’s the nature of marketing and development to make a software package that will do what you want it to do, WHEN you want to do it.  If you don’t use it, fine….. but don’t blame the developers because you don’t use it.


My final note on the matter is this….. I’m glad Notes isn’t like Outlook.  Why?  Because that keeps reminding me that Microsoft isn’t the ONLY innovator out there.  Seriously.  We’d be in serious trouble, if every software maker out there, relied on Microsoft’s innovation, rather than their own.


Don’t get me wrong, Microsoft makes good software, but they aren’t the ONLY good software maker out there.  For every Notes issue you can come up with, I can equally come up with issues with Outlook.


I’m not slamming the author.  It’s a good post, and one that stirred great discussion between both sides.  I encourage people to speak their mind.  But, I also want to remind people to KEEP AN OPEN MIND.  Don’t be so narrow-minded.  Business thrives, BECAUSE of change and innovation.


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