Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lotusphere 2012: The Notes client and the new Notes browser plugin

Other restrictions are that there is -- obviously -- no local data store, and so no local replicas. I believe that it can't currently cope with calls from LotusScript to the Notes or Windows APIs. I'm not sure about calls out to Windows programs such as Excel, but I'd not be too surprised if these don't work either.

All of which means that there will be some, more specialised, Notes apps that the Notes browser plugin won't be able to run. As I said, currently it works and was demonstrated in Firefox. They plan to support one other browser, and I have to say that much as I don't like Internet Explorer, it's the more common browser in corporates, so that's what I'd expect to see -- unless this tool is to become a little used oddity.

So why has it appeared?

IBM said that the key objective was to add an extra option for companies that want to adopt a Web-only client strategy to go along side XPages as a way of delivering Notes apps to browsers. The plugin is, as you might imagine, quite large, but it does have the advantage that current browsers have built-in deployment toolsets to manage browser plugins, meaning that for many corporates, getting the plugin installed isn't going to be that hard, and may be easier than trying to keep Notes clients up to date.

For applications that are lightly used, or where there is a niche application for a small number of users, it may be more cost-effective way to move to a client-less estate than going through the whole XPage conversion/rewrite process, whether you use GBS's Transformer toolset to do that, or do it by hand.

Before we leave Notes and Domino, let's also go over some Traveler changes and enhancements. Traveler's come a long way since it first appeared as a simple way to deliver mail to non-Blackberry smartphones.

In most enterprises Traveler went from pilot to mission-critical within a month or two. It also spearheaded the adoption of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) as a mobile policy, with all the issues that brings. Traveler's been the recipient of quite a few of the claimed 44 mobile enhancements that IBM have delivered in the last year, and there's a lot more to come.

Mobile itself was, as you can imagine, a hot topic across the whole of Lotusphere, from strategy and infrastructure sessions to app dev and products in the Showcase.

Tune in next week for more mobile, more Notes, and the shortest IBM product name, ever.