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Eugen Tarnow


    Should Notes give up the JAVA client and go for a Windows standard interface?

    Eugen Tarnow  March 29 2012 10:22:16 AM
    Yesterday we lost a client who went to Microsoft.  This client is a very smart IT professional.

    She told me that "Lotus made a classic error in the mid 90s" by having the same version of Notes work on all platforms instead of making it a native Windows application.  As a result the performance is slow "even on 64 bit machines with 16 GB of RAM.  The main thing that Outlook offers over Notes is speed, intuitiveness (as a native Windows app) and consistency with the whole Windows/Office experience. "  

    Nevertheless she is a Notes fan and said that "Notes is technically superior and a vastly wider product ..."

    Here is my suggestion:  Perhaps now is the time to rethink the interface decision.  Presumably the next version of Notes (8.5 is already 4 years old) would be much faster to develop if it used a native Windows design.  OS/2 is no longer in use, the MAC is of little importance.  Just as Microsoft has a separate team developing Office in the native MAC OS, a separate Notes client could be developed for the iPad, an excellent document reader perfectly suited for workflow applications.

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