Lotus Notes vs Microsoft Exchange


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Lotus Notes
Lotus Notes is the client of a collaborative platform. It's an integrated desktop client option for accessing business e-mail, calendars and applications on IBM Lotus Domino server. Lotus Notes free open-source alternatives are Open-Xchange, Zimbra, SOGo, Zarafa.
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Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange Server is the server side of a client–server, collaborative application product developed by Microsoft. Exchange's major features consist of electronic mail, calendaring, contacts and tasks; support for mobile and web-based access to information; and support for data storage. Microsoft Exchange free open-source alternatives are Open-Xchange, Zimbra, SOGo, Zarafa.
Comparing Lotus Notes vs Microsoft Exchange is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Microsoft Exchange has better video than Lotus Notes



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Microsoft Exchange has more user-friendly interface than Lotus Notes because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Microsoft Exchange is more popular than Lotus Notes

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint (in 2013)
- IBM unveiles SaaS version of Lotus Domino (in 2010)
- Lotus Notes also becomes social (in 2010)
- Google Apps making Microsoft nervous (in 2010)
- Project Vulcan - the future of IBM Lotus (in 2010)
- IBM LotusLive sets a new SaaS record, outgoes MS Exchange (in 2010)
- Exchange 2010 - unified messaging in the Cloud (in 2009)
- How much does Exchange really cost? (in 2008)
- IBM offers Lotus Notes on-demand (in 2008)
- Lotus Notes 8.0 includes free office suite (in 2007)

Looks like Lotus Notes was recently more active than Microsoft Exchange (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange meet head to head:

2010 - IBM LotusLive sets a new SaaS record, outgoes MS Exchange

LotusLive
IBM has signed a contract with Panasonic, according to which 300000 company employees will use the LotusLive SaaS services (email, calendar, web-conferencing, messenger, file storage). Neither Google, nor Salesforce have no deployments of such  scale. Sure, this deal will warm the SaaS market and strengthen the trust in SaaS scheme. Especially, taking into account the fact that Panasonic moves to SaaS system from Microsoft Exchange. Though we were not impressed with LotusLive and email service LotusLive iNotes, but the Japanese giant considered it a better option than Exchange and Google Apps. Apparently, the decisive factors were the price (LotusLive costs from $ 3 per user per month) and IBM brand.

2007 - Lotus Notes 8.0 includes free office suite to keep up with Microsoft Exchange

Lotus Notes
The new version of IBM's collaborative software Lotus Notes 8.0 includes a free office suite for editing documents called Lotus Symphony. It includes a word processor, spreadsheets and presentations editor. As well as the new version of Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony applications are built on the Eclipse platform and support ODF format (Open Document Format for XML) - it's an open non-proprietary standard, which is an alternative to Microsoft's Open XML. Lotus Symphony will compete not only with MS Office, but also with online Google Docs. In addition to the office suite, the new version of Lotus Notes features a new modern interface in the Web 2.0 style and a lot of new options for managing mail, calendars and contacts.

1999 - Lotus is losing ground to Exchange

According to the recent IDC report, the leader of the groupware market is changing. In the first half of this year, the number of sold MS Exchange licenses (8.1 million) has already exceeded the number of sold Lotus Notes / Domino licenses (7.4 million). The third place, as before, is occupied by Novell GroupWise, but with a considerable lag (2.69 million). Even last year, Lotus was confidently leading the groupware market, but continued delays in the new version of Lotus Notes / Domino 5 release was the main reason of why many new customers opted to go with Microsoft Exchange. Although Lotus Notes is still ahead of Exchange on the number of sold licenses in Europe and Asia, and still boasts the larger client base, acquired over the past years.

1997 - Microsoft Exchange 5.0 adds web-access, new desktop client MS Outlook to stand out over Lotus Notes

Microsoft Exchange
The new version of Microsoft's mail server Exchange Server 5.0 includes the Web interface Exchange Web Access, which enables users to access information in the Exchange via Internet browser. However, to get this opportunity you'll have to pay for a client license, even if you do not have a mailbox on the server. In addition to the new web client, Exchange Server now has a new desktop client - MS Outlook 97, which is a part of MS Office 97 and replaces the calendaring app Schedule+ and e-mail client Exchange Client. In addition, the new Exchange features support of messaging protocols SMTP and POP3, as well as directory access protocol LDAP. The standard version of Exchange Server is priced at $ 999 for the server license.

1996 - Microsoft unveiled Exchange Server to take on Lotus Notes

After the long two-years development cycle, Microsoft launches its Email server Exchange, that will replace Microsoft Mail and try to compete with Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise, which dominate in the groupware market. During the closed testing Microsoft has already migrated 60,000 corporate clients to Exchange, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to 15 millions Lotus Notes customers and 5.5 millions GroupWise customers. The advantage of Exchange over its competitors is the ability to sync folders with mobile devices. As for the desktop, Microsoft Exchange client is already included by default in Windows 95. Specially for MS Exchange release the competitors created utilities that help to migrate data from Microsoft Mail to Lotus Notes and Groupwise. Because now MS Mail users have to migrate to a new product anyway, so they will have 3 options.