Video: GMail vs Lotus Notes
Last updated: February 16, 2018
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Gmail's spam filtering features a community-driven system: when any user marks an email as spam, this provides information to help the system identify similar future messages for all Gmail users. Google also provides GMail alternative for business - G Suite Mail.
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.
Face to face in the news:
2017 - Exchange Tasks now available on Gmail app to retire Lotus Notes
Last year Google added support for Exchange accounts in Gmail app for Android so you can use one familiar mail app for both work and personal business. Now you can also sync your tasks with Exchange so you can always stay on top of your task list, even when you’re on the go. You can create a task, edit its date or priority, and flag an email as a to-do for later response. With a unified tasks list, it's easy for you to focus on your important tasks and check things off the list once you’re done. The simple swipe to mark as complete can be just as rewarding. Gmail app for Android is enterprise-ready, so your IT department can securely deploy it. Gmail app also works with managed configurations so you can skip any complicated setup steps.
2011 - Adobe kills mobile Flash. Google kills GMail for Blackberry to keep up competition with Lotus Notes
The confusing situation with mobile platforms is getting more and more clear day by day. The weaker devices, platforms, intermediate platforms are heading to the deadpool. Today, Adobe announced that it stops the development of Flash for mobile devices. As you know, the mobile Flash was actually killed by Steve Jobs, when he banned it on iOS. After that, Microsoft also didn't support Flash on Windows Phone. And although it later appeared on some Android-devices and Blackberry Playbook, it wasn't clever for Adobe to continue developing this not-so-crossplatform technology. Instead of Flash the company will focus on HTML5-app building tools. As we have suggested, HTML5 can become the "new flash" for Adobe.
It is interesting that just today it appeared that Microsoft is also going to kill the mobile Silverlight. According to insider information, the new Silverlight 5, which is expected this November will be the last.
Now about the Blackberry problems. This mobile platform in recent months, is rapidly losing its market share and sets new sales anti-records. The latest reasons for this: unsuccessful Playbook tablet and the global service outage in October. Today, Google is jumping from the sinking ship. The company has announced the termination of GMail for Blackberry support. Instead, Google promised to focus on (yes!) HTML5 GMail app.
And yesterday, HP, which recently confirmed the termination of the WebOS project, announced that it want to to sell this mobile platform. According to some rumors, it might be acquired by Oracle. Why? Probably because of the mobile patents in order to troll someone (i.e. Android).
The only news that complicate the clarifying picture - is that Microsoft and Nokia will soon launch the Office for Symbian Belle. Despite the fact that the recent launch of Nokia Windows Phones was considered quite successful.
2011 - Google restores offline access to GMail, Calendar and Docs in Google Chrome. Lotus Notes is in panic
As you know, earlier GMail, Google Calendar and Google Docs supported offline mode in all browsers using Google Gears plug-in. But then Google decided to bet on HTML5 and abandoned its own proprietary plug-in. The Gears was quickly removed from the Chrome browser (in Firefox and IE it still works). And today Google developers were happy to announce that the offline mode for these apps in Chrome is back and it is implemented on HTML5. However, for an average user it will look no better than it was before: for offline access you still need to install an app (from the Chrome Web Store). In addition, the interface of the offline app is different from the usual web-based GMail interface. It looks lie GMail for iPad.
Offline GMail app is already available. After installation it downloads your latest messages (about one week). You can't set the different period for now. Then messages will be synced between your computer and GMail server in the background and when the connection is lost, you can click on the GMail Offline icon and continue working with your inbox (search, read and write new messages.)
Offline apps for Google Calendar and Google Docs will be available in a week. Offline calendar will allow to view events and RSVP to appointments. In Offline Docs you will be able to view documents and spreadsheets, the offline editing is not ready yet.
In general, this is remarkable news only for Chromebook users, that still had no opportunity to work with these applications offline.
1998 - IBM integrates Lotus Domino with Microsoft's products to challenge GMail
Despite the fact that IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino is in head-to-head competition with Microsoft Exchange, IBM has no other choice but to integrate its product to popular Microsoft applications. Today, IBM announced the Domino Design Components for Microsoft FrontPage - a package of components that allows to create web pages, sites and portals on Lotus Domino server in the popular Microsoft's HTML-editor, FrontPage. In addition, Lotus Domino adds support for Microsoft IIS web-server, which allows to access Domino via the Internet .