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Efficient collaboration vs. Epic fail

Tue 16 Jun 2009, 02:19 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Among the many who have read my various posts on the issues with email rendering in Notes and Outlook, a few have questioned whether I wasn't perhaps either exaggerating the issues or coming up with situations more complex than would usually be sent through the mail.  A few others have questions my focus on Outlook 2003, and perhaps it is unfair to pick on a six year old product.  So, in this simple video, I am going to show you nothing but the latest.  Two economists, neither of whom cares what the other is using for email, are nonetheless in universities which have chosen Outlook 2007, the latest Outlook version, and Notes 8.5.0, the lastest Notes version.

These two economists would like to use basic collaboration, which I will define as one sending an email to the other, and that one replying.  The only contents of these emails will be a simple GIF graphic of a chart and a sentence or two aligned next to the image.  Watch, and decide for yourself whether this constitutes efficient collaboration or epic fail.  At the end of the video, I give a very short (45 second?) demo of how iFidelity can improve the collaboration for both of these economists, the one using Outlook and the one using Notes.

I do want to clarify here that the basic fault in the rendering is due to an Outlook 2007 error, even though it shows up as a failure in Notes.

Click on the image below to watch the short video where I do a (mostly) live demo.  I have clipped and snipped a bit to make this watchable, but have not changed any of the actual interactions.

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