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I'm on my way this morning to perform any upgrade for an customer of mine. They're moving to Notes 8.5.x on the server as well as the client. That in itself isn't all that uncommon. Here's what you may find surprising. There are only two people in this office, and they don't use any Notes apps any more. They just just love the Notes client and they trust it, in combination with the server, to provide a reliable and highly functional mail system.
This customer originally was given a Notes client while at a small college in order to work with a publishing house doing editorial work. They had a workflow application they used as a client to the publishing house at that time. When they left the college and started a business around the work they'd been doing, I came in and helped them move to an office, setup mail and continue to use their Notes client in the same way. While that publishing firm has long since moved to a web interface and that application is no longer used, this customer and her one employee have relied on Notes for something like ten years and see no reason whatever to leave it behind. They love the reliability, the search tools, and the off-line use through replication.
When they called me to do this upgrade, I expected that they'd end up going to GMAIL or something else rather than pay for the cost of having me come in and replace the machine they use for a server, upgrade one of their workstations, and perform the migration itself. let's face it, the cost of having me spend half a day with them, plus buying a new machine capable of being a server, plus buying a new workstation for one of them, plus buying the new Notes licensing is lot of money for a two person shop when you're using it for just email and there are free options out there. I was mistaken. They really love Notes. I worked with another BP to get them the licensing they need, and today they'll be getting the upgrade on both server and workstations to 8.5.x.
The kicker is this -- they're both iPhone users. The most fun I'm going to have today is showing them Traveler.
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