IBM Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition

This morning, IBM presented the latest version of Notes and Domino. The new product name is IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition. As you notice, the Lotus name is now gone, and the look is changed to look more like other IBM applications, with a more modern design. There are also changes and updates to the user interface inside the different parts of the client.

IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition - Welcome Screen
IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition – Welcome Screen


One thing, totally new for Notes, is that tutorials and training videos are available in the client.  The tutorials are not just for new functions, but also older tips and tricks that will make the users more productive.

During the presentation, new functions in mail and calendar were demonstrated. One function that will surely be popular with users is to group mail by date:

Other new features shown were the ability to color code different categories of meetings using custom colors and improved monthly view, as well as a weekly planner taken from Organizer.

The activity stream is using the OpenSocial standard, and Domino is now supporting OAuth and SAML for authentication. Customers can however deploy Notes 9.0 without the Social Edition functions, and add them later.

Not only has the traditional Notes client been updated, iNotes is also updated to look even more like the rich client. One of the biggest news in this version is the Notes browser plugin, that allow user to run traditional Notes applications directly in the browser, in full fidelity with no Notes client installed. The new version of iNotes also contains the new activity stream, as shown in the image below.


The new version of Traveler will (in addition to iPhone and Android) also support the Blackberry 10 platform and Windows Phone 7.5/8, and now also be available for IBM iSeries.

A public beta version of Notes 9.0 Social Edition will be available December 14. For previous versions of Notes, since (if I remeber correctly Notes 5), IBM have been doing managed beta testing and not released public beta version.
The final version is planned for Q1 2013. IBM also outlined the future roadmap for the next couple of years, which included a new major realease in 2015:

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jeff

    SharePoint or Microsoft has nothing to fear with ANY current or future Domino product. Based on screenshot alone, I am certain.

    1. Karl-Henry Martinsson

      I think you mean it the other way around. Notes can run circles around Sharepoint, as soon as you want to customize the applications.
      I have friends who are using Sharepoint at their workplaces, and tghey are not happy with the rigid applications and the lack of customization.
      I am happy to challange you on a development “shoot-out”. We both get the same time, say 4 hours, to develop the same application. It should be a typical business application, something useful that a regular business would need. Say a help desk application, to keep track of IT tickets and allow support techs to pick them up, put in comments/status updates, mail notifications to other techs or to the originator for clarification, etc. And finally close it out after a solution been found.

      I would be using Domino Designer to develop an application hosted on a Domino server, to be used in the Notes client, you using whatever developer tool one use for Sharepoint, to develop an application hosted on a Sharepoint server, to be used by the Outlook client. Just one server each.

      Are you game?

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