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Email Standards Project - Notes 8 vs. Outlook 2007

Tue 6 Jan 2009, 03:24 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Ed Brill directed me to this website, and it is interesting, but they clearly don't seem to understand Notes that well, as they mostly focus on IMAP/POP3 mail.  Regardless, their points about rendering (which relate to inbound MIME messages rather than outbound rich text messages) are generally accurate and interesting for both prior versions and MIME to rich text conversion.  What I found most fascinating though was to compare their evaluation of Lotus Notes 8 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 side by side.

Honestly, the results look awfully similar, with many of exactly the same problems.  There is a difference though, which is mentioned prominently on the website.  The Lotus Notes 8 comparison is only for Notes 8 in IMAP/POP3 mode, used by about 10% of Notes/Domino users, and as they clarify here (with their emphasis)
As you can see in these partial screenshots, the Domino server version renders much closer to our Acid Test. IBM tells us that almost 90% of their customers are using Lotus Notes 8 with Domino Server, which use Internet Explorer for HTML email rendering when viewing emails. This is great news! Your subscribers on Notes may be getting a better experience than previously thought.
I wish they would now do a proper review of Lotus Notes 8 or 8.5 with the Domino server.

There are a bunch of comments already, but perhaps a few of you could stop by and let them know you would like to see that as well.

IBM Lotus Notes 8 in IMAP/POP3 mode (weblink)
Microsoft Outlook 2007 (weblink)
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What has been said:

751.1. Mathew Patterson
(01/10/2009 07:32 PM)

Hey Ben,

Thanks for the comments. We did not have access to test the server based version when we did our initial testing.

In 2009 we will be rerunning our tests, and if we can get access to a Domino server we'd be happy to include those results too.