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Eugen Tarnow


Would you want a Notes Client for the Ipad?

Eugen Tarnow  September 13 2011 12:50:03 PM
In a prior blog entry, I questioned whether Lotus Notes’s move to Java in R8 was a mistake. One of the concerns that inspired me to write that was the lack of a substantive Lotus Notes client on the Ipad. The absence clearly stemmed from the fact that Apple’s mobile devices do not support Java applications. As an Apple and IBM customer, I find Lotus Notes Traveler insufficient for my portable work needs. After all, if I can’t easily access Lotus Notes applications from my Ipad, then why have any form of Lotus Notes on the device at all? The applications are what make Lotus Notes such a fantastic piece of software. I was personally disappointed but also concerned that this would put Lotus Notes at a competitive disadvantage going forward as mobile devices already start to take center stage in computing.

Some did not agree with me, though. One commenter from the prior blog entry said “I don't see the need for an iPad client. Traveler is great on the iPad too [and] for everything else.” I also corresponded with someone at IBM who insisted that the future on mobile devices was Lotus Notes Traveler and X-pages.

However, I spoke recently with a ReduceMail Pro customer who said that they would love a real Lotus Notes client on the Ipad. Though the opinions of our customers matter most to the ReduceMail Pro team, we want to see what the Lotus Notes community in general thinks. I ask for a vote, if you please. Reply “yes” or “no” in the comment section. Would you want a Notes client for the Ipad or other such mobile devices? We want to get to the bottom of this.

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