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I've enjoyed watching the reaction to the Notes 8.5 beta. As a member of the "Design Partner" group, it is very easy to loose perspective when we're discussing things over time and making predictions of how this feature or that lacking will be received. I've been right in my predictions but wrong in the volume and criticality of those reactions. I'm glad about that.
What has me a bit concerned though, is that I'm hearing some otherwise rational people being critical of some fantastic features just because the features they wanted aren't there. Are there things missing from 8.5 that piss me off? Yep. I'm pissed off about the lack of a serious Lotuscript editor in the 8.5 client. I've been pissed off about it for longer in fact, because I've known about it for longer. I'm also pissed off about XPages not being supported on the client yet. Finally, I'm really pissed off about not having a bookmarks and workspace replacement -- and by the way, Mary Beth -- I swear I didn't know about the database explorer thing until the recent how-to post on getting it to show up in the 8.5 beta. I must have missed that call.
Still, these things being missing do not for a minute take away from some powerful new stuff that's going to really help out a lot of customers.
DAOS is going to radically slash storage use and save a ton of money -- and probably performance as well.
XPages are going change the way Domino Web Applications are built. From the minute you start using them, you'll never build a web application in Domino without them -- unless you're stuck with a pre 8.5 server of course.
There are a lot of things in 8.5 that are going to help us all out a great deal. We don't need to run these down just because we didn't get our Lotuscript editor. I don't know about you, but I'm perfectly capable of keeping up a nearly continuous foot-stomping rant over the missing editor even as I use XPages to completely re-face this blog next week.
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Lotus brand is producing two destinct beasts. There is "notes" and there is
"Notes" users HAD brand loyalty. "Notes" is dead. IBM does not seam to
realize that in the "notes" market, they had a monopoly. In the "not notes"
market there is a lot of competition.
IBM's stategy of going to large corporations and telling them to throw away
thousands of perfectly good computers so that they can be replaced by state of
the art new computers, that can run the new softare, is going over about as
well as Microsoft trying to do the same thing with Vista.