Notes Client & Smartphones

Desktop, Web, Smartphones and Tablets

This document is based on IBM Lotus Notes release 8.5.
Find detailed and up-to-date information on Desktop and Web clients
or Smartphones and Tablets

The 'Client'
If it has a screen, you can get to the information. IBM Lotus Notes has very few requirements when it comes to the computing platform of your choice. And best of all, they all work together in a mixed environment. There is a push from Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 7, but Windows XP is a very reliable system. We don't see many benefits to move to Windows 7 just yet. This is a personal choice as it applies to a Small Business and shouldn't be taken as a general advice. Once Microsoft discontinues the support for XP or our computers are 64bit, that would be a good reason to run Windows 7.

Multiple Workstations

The R8.5.2 client has without a doubt a most intuitive interface. Customizing the Notes Workspace takes a few clicks and all the essential information is on the desktop. Learn more about the features at IBMs Lotus Notes page and follow the Featured Capabilities.
This is how I work: "I'm running two workstations side by side, one with Lotus Notes R7.04 on Windows XP, the other with Lotus Notes R8.5.2 on Windows 7. I have a Thinkpad when I'm on the road and a Blackberry. When I receive email, I have the choice to read and reply from any of the devices. All my updates reflect virtually instant on the other devices."

Email is not all we have to share. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other files in the local folders have to be accessible from other workstations as well. Setting up networking with file share will grant access to local files and configure VPN grants remote access. A much simpler way to easily share files is Rainbowsync. Synchronize any files in the background and make them available on the web and in Lotus Notes.

Specifications: Workstations
Microsoft Windows: XP, Vista and Windows 7
Mac: OS X 10.5.5 Leopard, OS X 10.6.2 Snow Leopard (Lion will be supported on R8.5.3)
Linux: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Suse
Specifications: Smartphones and Tablets
Android smartphone and tablets
iPhone and iPad
BlackBerry (requires the Blackberry Enterprise Server)
Windows Mobile
Nokia Symbian

Notes client
  • View email by conversation with all related messages grouped together
  • Find information in email AND attachments fast with the built-in search engine
  • Access your contacts by name or company.
  • Share contact information with vCards
  • View calendar by day, week, month and show Day-At-A-Glance in Sidebar
  • Setup project blogs to share knowldedge and keep your team informed.
  • Setup Quickr Team Places and Document Libraries to share content
  • Go Mobile

    Developing applications with Lotus Notes
    There is one Designer client to develop client and server applications. Customized and new applications may require the Lotus Notes Collaboration license. Please read the licensing information on the IBM website.
    You don't have to be a programmer to make changes to existing applications or create new ones. Powerful functions similar to the ones you use in spreadsheets can make the difference between information and knowledge. If you are a programmer, you will like the Eclipse based Development Client.

    Express Licensing for different platforms
    Lotus Notes is licensed per configured user. A user id is associated with one user, and it can be installed on as many devices as needed. If you have a PC in the office, a laptop and a home PC, this is considered one license as long as the same id is used. Running multiple instances is a supported configuration, even when the client software is not the same release or system (MS Windows in the office and Mac OS at home).

    First published on February 24, 2011
    Last revised on September 19, 2011

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