IBM Previews Lotus iNotes For iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    IBM has launched a website previewing their forthcoming version of specialized Lotus Notes access for the iPhone.

    Dubbed IBM Lotus iNotes 'Ultralite', the web-based application built on Lotus Domino Web Access will provide corporate email, calendar, and contacts in a specially formatted iPhone version. Several preliminary screenshots are available, though IBM notes they are subject to change.

    The software has been expected since January and will be released later this year.

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  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Cooool ... a web app. :rolleyes: I like how in the little banner there they felt the need to add in a fake Mac OS X scroll bar on the iPhone. :rolleyes:

  3. thecartoonguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008
    While I have not used "Note" is about seven years, I'm sure this will make someone very happy. I wonder what the percent of users are on this application compared to the other services out there?
  4. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    *puke* if Notes wasn't bad enough in our work environment, now I'll have to carry it with me. *ack*
  5. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    How many people are using Lotus Notes in the world? Many corporations use it.
  6. mitchellh macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    Why wouldn't they just make this into a native iPhone app? It seems like it'd be much more fluid that way, less clunky, as most web apps are. Although they could prove me wrong... I find it unlikely.
  7. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    While you have a good point, it's less risky to make a web application that uses the same framework that the existing iNotes Web Access portal uses. Less security risks, etc. Either way, it's a huge step in the right direction.
  8. tobyx macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    I'd say wait until Apple does the push notification service and do a native app but Lotus Notes is clunky and bad as it is, this web app will actually be an improvement.
  9. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    Not Very popular

    in my company of 46,000 employees only about 1,800 are using notes, every one else is happy using exchange.
  10. LFCRules macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2008
    Well there are about 380,000 IBM'ers around the globe who use it ;)
  11. bstreiff macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2008
    Austin, TX, USA
    In the company I work for (4000ish employees), we use Notes. Outlook shines in comparison.

    And the worst part is, migrating away would be hard-- not only do we use it for mail/calendaring (for which it does a horrible job at both) it's also integrated into a whole bunch of Oracle services as well (such as our phone support department's systems). I've seen hints that our bug-tracking system used to be in Notes as well, though I don't know that for certain.

    Our IT department is apparently now running a beta program for moving to Notes 8 in which they finally turned IMAP support on, though I haven't yet figured out how to take part in the beta.
  12. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I for one see this as a seminal moment. IBM is now largely a software and services company. Here is IBM using the iPhone device as a front end for its software and services. It would only take IBM Doing a similar thing for 2-3 more applications to make a real dent in iPhone sales rates, and corporate adoption.

    It almost doesn't mater if this application sucks or not.

  13. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
  14. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Crap choice A vs crap choice B.
  15. viperguy macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2005
  16. sebimeyer macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    looks like big blue is about to jump onto a very tiny, yet fast moving bandwagon.

    A "proper" email app would be nice. If you have only a .mac/me account is ok, I guess, buyanyone who has more thanone account and gets more than a fewemails a day will learnto hate it. Why no unified inbox? Smart mailboxes that sync over from the mac? And a huge one: junk mail filtering?
  17. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    Screenshot: Attach and send files

    How do they plan to do that? Or are you attaching files that are already on your server?
  18. babyj macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2006
    To date IBM state that they have sold over 140 Million licenses for Lotus Notes, they don't say how many are still in use / paying annual maintenance but I'd imagine it is a lot of people (10's of Millions).

    So something like this is big, big news for a lot of major companies - companies that could very easily go out and buy many thousands of new phones for their staff at once. So it could be big news for Apple as well - the first major corporate switch to the iPhone will be headline news.
  19. Bambeezer macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    A web app is disappointing compared with a native app, but I'll take what I can get. I think this iNotes template requires Notes server 8. The reality is that a few significant prerequisites are required to make this work.
  20. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

    Santa Rosa

    Aug 22, 2007
    I also think this would be better if it was a native app, but I was wondering, would that not be possible to do, as it would be direct competition to the iPhones mail app? Isn't that something that Apple would disallow?
  21. 3Tabernacles macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2007
    Eastman Kodak uses Lotus Croaks

    Kodak forces their people to use this crap and they're still using version 6.5! Their IT NAZIs won't allow iPhones, They use the security risk as an excuse. They only allow Crackberries to Upper management who dwell in the same building as the freakin Domino server. Go Figure! I can't wait for the day IBM end of lifes Notes.
  22. thecartoonguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008
    Makes sense. I guess I have been sucked into the Exchange world. :D
  23. JasonD macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2006
    Annapolis, MD
    The worst email/calendar software out there is coming the iPhone? Wow, I can't wait.
  24. dannyminick macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008

    they made the iphone look like a freaking Treo... how disgusting...
  25. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It's better than Novell Groupwise!

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