On Notes 8 mail 28 Aug, 2007
A brief note on the issues with printing in Notes 8 that have been taken as yet another slur on Notes 8…
Re the comments to John’s post especially, end users don’t give a rat’s arse whether their mail client does activities or talks to “enterprise” servers (at least, not until they need to connect them to these things, as harried corporate admins and developers the world over are all too aware).
What they do care about is whether their client works as they’d expect. This is why we get so much bitching about Notes, despite you, me and everyone’s mother telling these people that Notes is so much more than email.
This is clearly the tack Volker is taking with his posts on Notes 8*. This is a client that has been trumpeted as the panacea for all woes brought by over fifteen years of Notes client cruft. Of course there will be issues. Now, we could turn this into Yet Another Whinge about vowe, or we could at least consider that the views of people who don’t use Notes every day count just as much as yours or mine. The success of the new Eclipse-based technologies all hinge on mindshare. If new users coming to the fold still don’t like it / get it, then we’re sunk.
Yes, I think vowe has tended to focus on the downside of Notes 8 to the exclusion of the “pluses” but no-one seems to get that we need this: there’s plenty of positive press out there already. Time to balance up. If we don’t keep hammering on at IBM / Lotus, then the niggles don’t get addressed. I just don’t see why this hammering has to happen in design forums and the like. For many of us, if we come across something in technology that we don’t like (hallo Redmond), we tend to post about it on our sites; I fail to understand why the new version of Notes should be treated differently. Betas, yes. Gold versions? No.
* well, that and the fact that I reckon Volker’s an imp who likes to watch Notes Apologists rise up to try and give him a good bashing ;-)