Lotus Notes alternatives

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.
Lotus Notes alternatives are:
MS Outlook, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, G Suite, Zimbra

Here are the latest news about Lotus Notes:

2013 IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint

Perhaps the two most famous brands in the history of enterprise software, Lotus and SharePoint, will soon disappear. We mean brands, not specific products. Because by renaming their products, vendors try to erase the association with outdated technologies in customer brain. For example, Lotus appeared back in the 80-s years of last century. In 1995 IBM acquired Lotus Development and began selling their products Lotus Notes/Domino. In the following years most IBM collaboration systems moved under the Lotus umbrella. But last year the revolution occurred. The last child of the Lotus family - SaaS suite LotusLive was renamed to SmartCloud for Social Business. And then the name Lotus was removed from other products. The final nail was the recent launch of Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition (without Lotus).

Regarding, Microsoft SharePoint - Office born this product and Office will kill it. SharePoint Team Services first appeared in 2000, as a package of web extensions for MS Office. For a long time SharePoint was a part of MS Office, but then due to its outstanding popularity and rapid development, it has been separated as an independent server product and became not just a collaboration tool but the platform on which the whole IT infrastructure is built.

But now, when SaaS products become more important for Microsoft, it doesn't need to sell the platform (because the platform works on the side of SaaS provider). And SharePoint quietly dissolves into the new office suite Office 365. The word SharePoint is almost never used in it. Instead, we see Sites, People, Newsfeed or the new brands SkyDrive and Yammer.

2010 IBM unveiles SaaS version of Lotus Domino

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.

2010 Lotus Notes also becomes social

The world's most popular enterprise Email client, MS Outlook, is already equipped with various Enterprise 2.0 tools. Outlook is already integrated with social networks (Xobni and Outlook Social Connector), Google Apps, Google Docs (Harmony), Remember the Milk, etc. Now, when this place is crowded, the developers switched their attention to the second most popular enterprise Email client - Lotus Notes. Thus, the new plug-in + service Gist makes the same for Lotus Notes as Xobni for Outlook - allows you to see the social profiles of those with whom you communicate. Gist pulls the latest information about a person from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as recent news about his company from blogs and news sites. In addition, the plug-in displays in suitable form all correspondence with selected contact and files sent to/from him. It should be noted that Gist also works with Outlook, GMail, iPhone and may also be accessed as a web service.

2010 Project Vulcan - the future of IBM Lotus

Project Vulcan
The geek-developer dream comes true: a full-on collaboration environment with an open API and a name right out of Star Trek. Today at the Lotushpere conference IBM unveiled Project Vulcan - the new cloud platform for collaboration and social tools, that is already compared to Google Wave. But unlike Google Wave, Vulcan - is not a separate application, but an integrated environment for all future and existing Lotus apps, including Lotus Notes and LotusLive. Vulcan will be available to developers in the second half of 2010, and meanwhile it will be available to LotusLive Labs team, which has already shown 4 new projects for LotusLive:

- Concord - an online word processor and spreadsheets for LotusLive with collaborative features
- Slide Library - a tool for creating and sharing online presentations
- Collaborative Recorded Meetings - a tool that records web-conferences and transcripts voice to text
- Composer - tool for creating Mashups on LotusLive

Lotus Mobile
In addition, IBM has opened LotusLive API for all developers (previously it was only available for a few, such as Skype and Salesforce), announced a new version of the email-service LotusLive iNotes (with improved support for mobile devices and offline access), and announced a joint project with RIM (now IBM will be selling the Blackberry smartphones with installed Lotus applications: Sametime, Connections and Quickr).

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

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.

2008 IBM offers Lotus Notes on-demand

2007 Lotus Notes 8.0 includes free office suite

2005 Lotus Notes/Domino 7 includes "virtual Outlook"

2004 Microsoft links Outlook to Lotus

2002 Lotus Notes/Domino 6.0 improves Web- and mobile access

2001 iNotes Web Access - access Lotus Notes from any browser

1999 Lotus is losing ground to Exchange

1999 Not joke: Lotus Notes / Domino 5.0 is officially available

1998 IBM integrates Lotus Domino with Microsoft's products

1996 Lotus Domino II will allow to use browser and E-mail client instead of Lotus Notes

1996 Lotus Domino adds Web-technologies to Lotus Notes