Lotus Notes Release 5 "will be the only client you'll ever need" with improved Web integration and a redesign based around a browser interface, said Cliff Reeves, Lotus vice president of product management.
Other new features and benefits demonstrated at Lotusphere include :
For the Notes client, a customisable "welcome" page which includes simultaneous views of one day of the user's calendar, e-mail, bookmarks to familiar applications and information provided in partnership with America Online. Users of the R5 client will be able to receive real-time customised news and information in Notes via AOL My News, according to Lotus. In addition, the R5 client contains "place-based awareness", so that a user can look at a small on-screen box to see if anyone is reading the same document that they are. To contact the other reader, the user can call up a split screen and use Lotus' Sametime technology to type a real-time message to the other party while still displaying the document they are both reading.
On the server side, R5 boosts the ability of information systems managers to view their network. Managers can get a visual representation of their servers by browsing them in a number of ways, including by hierarchy, release and operating system, Lotus said. Managers can call up a visual representation of which servers are running properly and which are experiencing difficulty, Lotus said. In addition, message topology is available for view, allowing an administrator to see which servers are connected to which other servers. The directory capacity of R5 Domino has been boosted to hold over one million users, and the directory can be tweaked to use only 120MB of disk space for use on a laptop, according to Michele Pennell, senior product manager at Lotus. Using that same technology on the server, 10 million users can be hosted, according to Pennell. R5 also increases the single partition user capacity to 10,000 R5 users, she said.
For Notes business partners, who number 20,000, according to Papows, R5 delivers Domino Translation Objects (DTO), technology which developers can incorporate into their applications to automatically translate from one language to another. In addition, R5's entire collection of objects can be accessed by CORBA, Lotus said.