Lotus Notes vs MS Outlook


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Lotus Notes
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. Lotus Notes free open-source alternatives are Open-Xchange, Zimbra, SOGo, Zarafa.
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MS Outlook
Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, Exchange public folders, SharePoint lists and meeting schedules. MS Outlook free alternatives are Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera Mail, EssentialPIM.
Comparing Lotus Notes vs MS Outlook is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Lotus Notes has better video than MS Outlook



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Lotus Notes has more user-friendly interface than MS Outlook because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that MS Outlook is more popular than Lotus Notes

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Mobile Outlook gets much smarter search (in 2017)
- Office 365 gets its own built-in lightweight CRM (in 2016)
- Mobile Outlook gets built-in meeting scheduler (in 2016)
- Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS and closes Sunrise (in 2016)
- Microsoft to replace Sunrise calendar with Outlook (in 2015)
- Microsoft's mobile calendar Sunrise makes scheduling meetings easier (in 2015)
- Microsoft acquired calendar app Sunrise for $100M (in 2015)
- Microsoft launches Outlook for iOS and Android (in 2015)
- Microsoft rolls out Clutter - a new smart email filter for Outlook (in 2014)
- Sunrise Calendar lets you connect third-party apps (in 2014)

Looks like MS Outlook was recently more active than Lotus Notes (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Lotus Notes and MS Outlook meet head to head:

2016 - Office 365 gets its own built-in lightweight CRM. Beware Lotus Notes



Microsoft rolled out a new tool for business owners using Office 365 and Outlook called Outlook Customer Manager, a lightweight CRM for companies that need to track their customer interactions and history, but aren’t yet ready for a more robust platform like Dynamics 365. The new tool lets businesses track tasks and deals in progress directly in Outlook, and will pop-up reminders aimed at helping them stay on top of their customer relationships. Once enabled, Outlook Customer Manager will automatically organize customer information, including emails, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines. This information – which is collected from email, calendar and call log data – is presented in a timeline format next to the inbox. Users can associate certain tasks with a contact, company or deal, so they can interact with their customers in a more timely fashion. It’s also able to present lists of deals by stage, close dates, priority and amount.

2013 - Microsoft launched Outlook for iPhone and iPad to win over Lotus Notes


Until now, iPhone and iPad users in companies that use Exchange mail server had two options - to set up access to the mail server in built-in iOS mail client (via Exchange ActiveSync), or open the web-interface Outlook Web App in browser. Of course, both options had a lot of restrictions for working with Outlook, and Microsoft has finally decided to release the native apps OWA for iPhone and iPad. Why only now? In order to give advantage to Windows Phones and Surface tablets. Why they ventured to take this step now? Because there is a catch. Although Outlook for iOS is free, it can be only used by Office 365 subscribers, who pay $100/year. So it's the same story as with MS Office for iPhone. What advantages will get the users and companies who are authorized to use Outlook for iOS?

At first, the opportunity to separate corporate mail from the personal and separately receive push-notifications of new messages and calendar reminders, to see the number of new messages on the iPhone/iPad start screen. Admins will get the ability to remotely wipe data from user email, contacts and calendars in case if the device is lost or employee is fired. In addition, the app features voice command input, integration with Bing maps and auto-responders. Besides, maybe you like to use email in Metro interface.

2010 - Lotus Notes also becomes social. Beware MS Outlook

Gist
The world's most popular enterprise Email client, MS Outlook, is already equipped with various Enterprise 2.0 tools. Outlook is already integrated with social networks (Xobni and Outlook Social Connector), Google Apps, Google Docs (Harmony), Remember the Milk, etc. Now, when this place is crowded, the developers switched their attention to the second most popular enterprise Email client - Lotus Notes. Thus, the new plug-in + service Gist makes the same for Lotus Notes as Xobni for Outlook - allows you to see the social profiles of those with whom you communicate. Gist pulls the latest information about a person from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as recent news about his company from blogs and news sites. In addition, the plug-in displays in suitable form all correspondence with selected contact and files sent to/from him. It should be noted that Gist also works with Outlook, GMail, iPhone and may also be accessed as a web service.

2004 - Microsoft links Outlook to Lotus

Microsoft released a software add-on Monday for the 2003 and 2002 versions of Outlook that allows the e-mail clients to work with a server running IBM's Lotus Domino software. The Notes Connector is available now for free download. It works with versions 5 and 6 of Domino and allows Outlook to retrieve messages, calendar items, address book entries and to-do lists stored on the server. Lotus includes an e-mail client of its own, but IBM has found that many customers prefer to work with Outlook, which is part of Microsoft's widespread Office productivity package.

2002 - Microsoft switches users from Lotus Notes to Outlook

Microsoft has introduced a free software for companies that use Lotus Domino as their e-mail server, which enables users to work with their email in Outlook rather than in Lotus Notes. Microsoft Outlook 2002 Connector is compatible with the latest version of Lotus Domino and allows you to access your mail, contacts and calendars. Thus, Microsoft is taking customers away from IBM, first switching them to Outlook, and then offering to switch from Lotus Domino to Exchange .