Lotus Notes vs Zimbra


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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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Zimbra
Zimbra Collaboration Server is an email and calendar server plus much more; think about it like a next-generation Microsoft Exchange server. In addition to email and calendar, it provides file sharing, tasks, contacts, social media, document management and simplified administrative controls all in an award winning webmail user interface built with the latest AJAX web technology. ZCS also provides mobility and syncs to desktop client applications; the server is deployed on commodity Linux and Mac server hardware.
Comparing Lotus Notes vs Zimbra 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 Zimbra has better video than Lotus Notes



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Zimbra 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 Zimbra is more popular than Lotus Notes

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

- Synacor acquired Zimbra (in 2015)
- IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint (in 2013)
- IBM unveiles SaaS version of Lotus Domino (in 2010)
- Lotus Notes also becomes social (in 2010)
- Project Vulcan - the future of IBM Lotus (in 2010)
- IBM LotusLive sets a new SaaS record, outgoes MS Exchange (in 2010)
- VMware buying Zimbra from Yahoo (in 2010)
- Yahoo released Zimbra Desktop 1.0 (in 2009)
- Zimbra Heads To The Cloud For Academic Institutions (in 2008)
- IBM offers Lotus Notes on-demand (in 2008)

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

2010 - IBM unveiles SaaS version of Lotus Domino to compete with Zimbra

Lotus Domino
Companies like IBM and Microsoft love to confuse their customers with numerous services and titles. Not so long ago IBM launched the new mail service LotusLive iNotes, that costs $3 per month per user and provides corporate e-mail, contacts and calendar. And today IBM has unveiled another service called LotusLive Notes, that costs $5 per month and also includes e-mail, contacts and calendar. At first glance, the only difference is the price, but in fact the latest service is a multitenant SaaS version of Lotus Domino (Domino - is the name of server software in the traditional in-house Lotus Notes system). How it differs from LotusLive iNotes?

First, users can work with e-mail and calendar, not only via the web interface (like in LotusLive iNotes), but also in the traditional desktop client Lotus Notes. As we have noted, for the average office worker familiar interface - is a big deal.

Secondly, companies can integrate SaaS LotusLive Notes service  with the existing in-house Lotus Notes implementation. And both servers can be administered from the same Domino console.

In addition, unlike iNotes, LotusLive Notes includes a built-in messenger with online status control and supports syncing with mobile devices (with the mobile client Lotus Notes Traveler).

LotusLive iNotes
LotusLive Notes is a copmlete alternative to Microsoft's SaaS service Exchange Online, which also costs $5 per month per user. In addition, IBM now offers a bundle of LotusLive Notes + Connections + Engage for $10 per month per user. This is exactly the same price, as Microsoft asks for the BPOS suite.

2005 - Lotus Notes/Domino 7 includes "virtual Outlook" to win over Zimbra

Lotus Notes Domino
IBM has released the next version of its e-mail and collaboration solution Lotus Notes / Domino 7. Among the new features the closer integration with Lotus Sametime and MS Office, RSS and iCal support, improved email group operations, e-mail threaded view, S/MIME support (all this works in Lotus Notes and in the Domino Web Access). In addition, Domino server now supports DB2 database. But the most interesting - is Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook - the "virtual Outlook", which allows you to migrate data from MS Exchange to Lotus Domino and access e-mail and other tools via the Web interface or Lotus Notes. According to the recent IDC report IBM Notes / Domino and Microsoft Exchange / Office virtually splited the collaboration market in half, but Microsoft is leading with 51,2% against 40,1%.

1999 - Not joke: Lotus Notes / Domino 5.0 is officially available to keep up with Zimbra

Lotus Notes
Today, on April 1, IBM has finally released the new version of its email and collaboration solution Lotus Notes / Domino 5.0. The release of this system has been postponed several times and delayed for more than a year (and due to this IBM is losing the groupware market leadership). The new version includes e-mail client-server (with support of S/MIME, POP3, SMTP and IMAP), calendars, document management, news groups, HTML editor, browser, instant messenger (integrated AOL messenger). Lotus Notes 5.0 has a revamped user interface and supports LDAP protocol and Java-applets. Starting with this version Lotus Notes client consists of three parts: Notes Client (user interface), Domino Designer (application developer interface) and Domino Administrator (administrator interface). The solution features the extended support for programming languages: Java, C++, Javascript, HTML 4.0 and XML. IBM has also denied the rumors that Lotus Domino and Notes will be sold as separate products.