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I'm joining a firm that uses Lotus Notes. From what I've heard, Lotus Notes is just a terrible experience-- so I'm not looking forward to this. Is there a third party client that I could install and configure and use as an alternative to the Lotus notes client?



*Windows client

*Client must be able to perform normal office functions enabled by Lotus Notes within an enterprise.

*Must be configurable with minimal IT support.

This question does a good job of addressing my question: Is there a good Lotus Notes open-source alternative?

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You do not state exactly what you need in your client. Web based? Groupware? File sharing? Hosted etc... There are several that are open and free except you have to pay for additions and support. You want mobile access? you are going to have to pay for it with most solutions. –  Logman Jul 29 '12 at 17:55
those are good suggestions. –  MedicineMan Jul 29 '12 at 18:00
is this just a client? or a complete server/client replacement? Sorry I was thinking scrapping both. What version of Domino? –  Logman Jul 29 '12 at 18:04
well I am joining a firm, Logman. While I appreciate the thought of replacing client and server, this scenario is unrealistic. –  MedicineMan Jul 29 '12 at 18:11

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Since most firms that use Lotus Notes will use it for more than just email, there isn't an alternative client thta covers the same functionality.

Lotus Notes server does provide an IMAP service if enabled. So in theory you can use any IMAP client for basic email functions.

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if you have a newer version of Lotus/Domino. With older versions (< R5) you can not use any other client. –  Logman Jul 29 '12 at 18:06
R5 was released in 1999. The firm in question is hopefully running a newer version (8.0 was released in 2007 and 8.5 in late 2008 - with the latest being 8.5.3 released in late 2011). –  Per Henrik Lausten Jul 29 '12 at 18:11
The company I work for was using R5 Domino and hating it (IT Dept hated it, but some management personel did not care because it worked). We actually decided on Google Apps just recently (this month LOL). –  Logman Jul 29 '12 at 18:14
@Logman R5 was discontinued long ago. Actually R7 is no longer supported anymore either. –  Simon O'Doherty Jul 29 '12 at 22:17
@Simon Doesn't mean no one isn't using it, we were just a couple weeks ago. No IMAP in R5. Thats why I asked version. We would still be using it if it wasn't for one person in ownership who thought it would be nice to use his mobile device. The security issues were not that much of concern, their thought were "it works why change?". –  Logman Jul 29 '12 at 23:18

To add to the answer by RedGrittyBrick: if the firm also uses Lotus Notes Traveler (push mail for Notes/Domino) then you can use a smartphone (such as iPhone and Android) and/or a tablet to access your mail, calendar and contacts.

You can also use a browser to access the webmail interface to your mail, calendar and contacts (Lotus iNotes).

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