GMail vs Lotus Notes
Last updated: May 18, 2017
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Gmail's spam filtering features a community-driven system: when any user marks an email as spam, this provides information to help the system identify similar future messages for all Gmail users.
Lotus Notes is the client of a collaborative platform. It's an integrated desktop client option for accessing business e-mail, calendars and applications on IBM Lotus Domino server.
Latest news about GMail and Lotus Notes:
18.05.17. Gmail gets Smart Reply feature. Google updated Gmail app with an AI-driven "Smart Reply" feature that predicts responses you may want to send. The feature uses machine learning to analyze your emails and suggest quick, bite-sized responses you may want to send. Smart Reply suggests three responses based on the email you received. Once you’ve selected one, you can send it immediately or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text. Either way, you’re saving time. Gmail Smart Replies are available now in both the iOS and Android app in English.
05.05.17. Gmail adds add-on support. Google is adding support for third-party add-ons that can integrate directly into Gmail. There are plenty of services that add functionality to Gmail already, of course, but they typically do that through a browser extension. Users will be able to install these add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace. That’s the same marketplace that already hosts add-ons for Google’s other productivity tools like Docs and Sheets. Users who install one of these new add-ons will be able to use them on the web and in Google’s mobile Gmail apps It’ll take a bit before this goes live, though. Google says this new feature is coming “later this year.”
06.03.17. Exchange Tasks now available on Gmail app. Last year Google added support for Exchange accounts in Gmail app for Android so you can use one familiar mail app for both work and personal business. Now you can also sync your tasks with Exchange so you can always stay on top of your task list, even when you’re on the go. You can create a task, edit its date or priority, and flag an email as a to-do for later response. With a unified tasks list, it's easy for you to focus on your important tasks and check things off the list once you’re done. The simple swipe to mark as complete can be just as rewarding. Gmail app for Android is enterprise-ready, so your IT department can securely deploy it. Gmail app also works with managed configurations so you can skip any complicated setup steps.
15.11.16. Gmail for iOS Gets Undo Send button. This is the first time in four years Google has updated its iOS app for Gmail. The new version is a lot like the Android version, which has been present on Android devices for the past two years. The new design is the result of customer demand for “highly requested features” like easier message deletion, easier archiving and easier email management, he said. One of the welcome features is “Undo Send,” which already exists on Google's desktop Inbox service. Undo send gives users a short window of opportunity to recall an email. Google also improved search and spelling suggestions for terms in search.
04.11.14. New GMail for Android supports third-party email providers. Google rolled out Gmail 5.0 app for Android with a new, modern design and support for all types of non-Gmail email accounts. In the past Gmail's app was limited to Gmail or Google Apps accounts only. You can now set up a separate inbox for, say, your Yahoo Mail or Outlook.com addresses using POP/IMAP. Gmail 5.0 for Android also has a redesigned user interface that sports a more modern look in line with Google's new Material Design language that guided many of the changes in the upcoming Android Lollipop update. The update also adds a few navigational improvements that make the app easier to use, including a new reply button at the bottom of messages and design tweaks that make it easier to switch between different accounts and inbox categories on tablet versions of the app.
23.10.14. Google unveiled its Email 2.0 service. Google has a new email app and it aims to help you manage your messages by surfacing important information and allowing you more control over your to-do list. It’s called Inbox and it is available through an invite-only system for now. The main idea of the new app is "inbox zero” — an inbox free of much of the rubbish that lands in your Gmail on any given day. The app features Bundles, which will group together similar kinds of messages, Highlights, which puts important emails front and center and ability to create Reminders that will alert them about various tasks. According to Google, Inbox will ultimately be a replacement for Gmail, although this isn’t going to happen any time soon.
14.01.14. Google+ users now can send messages to your GMail inbox. Google continues searching opportunities to promote its social network Google+. At this time - at the expense of GMail. If you use GMail - know that now anyone on Google+ (even without knowing your email address) is be able to send email-messages to your GMail-inbox. But if you do not want to receive these new commercial/spam offers - you can disable this feature (in GMail Settings) or allow only your "Google+ circles friend" to email you. On the other hand, if you're on the other side of marketing - you now have the great opportunity to contact those people that you previously couldn't contact. You just need to find these people on Google+ before they disable this feature in their GMail settings.
2013. GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail: small business email news. Over the past few days the number of interesting news came from the most popular email services for small business - GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail. First of all, last week Yahoo Mail together with website-hosting Yahoo Small Business was down for several days, and of course left a lot of small business customers mad as hornets. Now many of them are going to move to another service. And Microsoft (shortly before this event) decided to entice users from GMail and Yahoo. But, unfortunately , they began with GMail and now can't fully seize the moment. However, their new tool for importing emails and contacts from GMail to Outlook.com is already working.
2013. GMail doesn't want you to download attachments. Before now IT vendors struggled for the environment ecology - persuaded companies to use electronic documents instead of paper. Now that most of the documents are electronic - it's time to struggle for the ecology of computer networks. Indeed, the huge amounts of traffic (data transmitted back and forth), multiple copies of the same documents in different places - becomes an ecological problem. The new appeal of IT- companies goes something like this: "Documents should be created in the Cloud, stored in the Cloud, viewed, edited and approved in the Cloud". When you download a document from the Internet to your computer - you chop wood and kill a beaver. That's how Google developers think. Today they have added another new feature in GMail - the ability to save attachments (files , documents) from the received messages directly to your online storage in Google Drive. Early GMail also added the ability to attach files to outgoing messages directly from the online Drive, so you don't need to download and upload documents to your email and back any more.
2013. Outlook.com users will be able to chat with their Google contacts. Having read the title of this news you could thought that the miracle occurred and IT monsters finally stopped building walls around their empires and decided to implement open standards for the overall happiness. But in fact the things are much more pragmatic. Microsoft still doesn't like Google, and Google still doesn't like Microsoft. Microsoft just wants to move GMail users to its Outlook.com, and one of the reasons that keeps them from moving - is the loss of the ability to chat with contacts "that stuck on GMail" (it's a quote from Microsoft's blog). Within few days, Microsoft will add this feature in Outlook.com. By the way, Outlook users already can chat with contacts from Skype and Facebook.
2013. Google discontinues YouTube, adds revolutionary features to GMail and Google Apps. Google continues to close good services and invent stupid things. Youtube was very useful service for business. It was the primary channel for video marketing and hosted a lot of training videos. But it turned out that Youtube - was just a contest to define the best video in the history, and now when the contest is over - Youtube will be closed. In order to compensate this loss Google introduced two big updates for GMail and Google Apps. The first of them - Gmail Blue - it's the new revolutionary inbox interface that is completely blue. Blue buttons, blue icons, blue text. They say it's the interface of the 21st century (see video above). And the Google Apps adds "Levity" mode, which makes calendars, messages and documents more interesting and relaxing and increases the efficiency of team work. Video:
2013. IBM kills Lotus. Microsoft kills SharePoint. Perhaps the two most famous brands in the history of enterprise software, Lotus and SharePoint, will soon disappear. We mean brands, not specific products. Because by renaming their products, vendors try to erase the association with outdated technologies in customer brain. For example, Lotus appeared back in the 80-s years of last century. In 1995 IBM acquired Lotus Development and began selling their products Lotus Notes/Domino. In the following years most IBM collaboration systems moved under the Lotus umbrella. But last year the revolution occurred. The last child of the Lotus family - SaaS suite LotusLive was renamed to SmartCloud for Social Business. And then the name Lotus was removed from other products. The final nail was the recent launch of Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition (without Lotus).
2013. Microsoft trolls Google with funny videos again. Specially to the St. Valentine's Day Microsoft prepared the present to its beloved Google - one more video on its favorite topic: "How Google is reading people's emails in order to show them relevant ads." This video is a sequel to the successful musicals GMail Man and Googlighting, and to the new series Scroogled, in which a couple of friends is constantly suffering from Google's bullying. Who knows, maybe Microsoft will soon produce the full-length movie about the battle on Outlook and GMail (Good and Evil).
2012. GMail integrates with Google Drive, Outlook.com comes to Android. Competition - is good for customers. When competition is strong, vendors stop being lazy and even forget about their political principles. And we've got the very interesting competition here: GMail vs Outlook.com. Microsoft recently turned its "mail for blondes" Hotmail into a solid and practical Outlook.com and now (as Microsoft says) it entices GMail users every day. Outlook.com advantages over GMail (according to Microsoft) are better spam protection and cleaner design. And different GMail features (discussion threads, hotkeys, themes ...) are gradually coming to Outlook.com. Today Outlook.com added an Android-application. Of course Android - is the competing platform, and so what?
2012. Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 April Fool’s Jokes. This year, marketers in Enterprise 2.0 companies haven't prepared well for the April Fools' Day, perhaps because it fell on Sunday. The only diligent company was Google, that released several April 1 products. One of them - is GMail Tap - the new app for mobile GMail, which allows to quickly type text with just two buttons - dot and dash (watch video above). At the same time Microsoft, which recently was very productive in funny videos, at that time only unveiled the new interface for the online file storage and sharing service SkyDrive - SkyCMD. It allows you to manage your files using the classic DOS-syntax and the command line:
2011. Google+ integrates into GMail. Usually the companies that develop and sell intranet portals, position them as an alternative to the Email. They say that instead of endless mailing back and forth, your users can now work with data in one place. But with Google - it's another story. Google wants companies to use Google+ as a social intranet solution and continue using GMail. So that's why both solutions have been closely integrated. In GMail you now can filter messages by Google+ circles. So, if you create a Google+ circle for a workgroup, you can view all emails related to this workgroup separately. In the right column near the message you now can see the latest post of this contact in Google+. In addition, contacts in GMail will be updated, if your co-worker updates his profile in Google+. Thus, your address book will be always relevant.
2011. Adobe kills mobile Flash. Google kills GMail for Blackberry. The confusing situation with mobile platforms is getting more and more clear day by day. The weaker devices, platforms, intermediate platforms are heading to the deadpool. Today, Adobe announced that it stops the development of Flash for mobile devices. As you know, the mobile Flash was actually killed by Steve Jobs, when he banned it on iOS. After that, Microsoft also didn't support Flash on Windows Phone. And although it later appeared on some Android-devices and Blackberry Playbook, it wasn't clever for Adobe to continue developing this not-so-crossplatform technology. Instead of Flash the company will focus on HTML5-app building tools. As we have suggested, HTML5 can become the "new flash" for Adobe.
2011. Google restores offline access to GMail, Calendar and Docs in Google Chrome. As you know, earlier GMail, Google Calendar and Google Docs supported offline mode in all browsers using Google Gears plug-in. But then Google decided to bet on HTML5 and abandoned its own proprietary plug-in. The Gears was quickly removed from the Chrome browser (in Firefox and IE it still works). And today Google developers were happy to announce that the offline mode for these apps in Chrome is back and it is implemented on HTML5. However, for an average user it will look no better than it was before: for offline access you still need to install an app (from the Chrome Web Store). In addition, the interface of the offline app is different from the usual web-based GMail interface. It looks lie GMail for iPad.
2011. GMail gets Outlook-like views. What Google needs to do to entice users from Outlook to GMail? For example, make GMail look like Outlook. Now it's possible. You can add the Preview pane to your GMail inbox, placing it in the third vertical column (like at the screenshot) or under the messages list. The feature can be turned on in the GMail Labs. But between the left nav sidebar, the list of messages, the message itself, and then the right sidebar - which includes the new People Widget and ads - there’s a lot going on in the inbox.
2011. GMail VoIP is available almost globally. VoIP-service in GMail, which was earlier available only in the U.S. and Canada, has appeared in the user accounts in almost all countries of the world - in 38 languages. Here is the list of countries where Gmail Call Phone is NOT currently available: Argentina, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran , Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam. With this global intervention, Google has lowered its VoIP rates, making them slightly cheaper than rates of its new main rival - Skype. For example, a call to France costs 8 cents (vs. 16.9 cents in Skype), to USA - 1 (vs. 1.9). As before GMail Call Phone requires quick browser plug-in installation - the same plug-in that is used for video calling in GMail.