Notes updated

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IBM Corp. has goosed up its Lotus Notes messaging client with support for key chain flash drives, blogs and support for Really Simple Syndication feeds. 'We like to think [new technology devotees] lead the way into the enterprise space,' said Alan Lepofsky, business executive for Lotus marketing.

Although the next major upgrade of Notes won't be out until early next year, IBM wanted to incorporate support for these new technologies before then, so they rolled them into the recently released 7.0.2 version of Notes, Lepofsky said. Current users of the 7.0 Lotus Notes can get a free upgrade interim 7.0.2 version if they are under IBM's maintenance program.

The chief new feature is the ability to load a complete Notes workspace onto a USB Flash drive. A user can load everything in their Lotus Notes clients onto the key drive and then take it on the road. The drive holds the data'which can include not only e-mail but other Lotus Notes-based application data as well'and copies of the applications to manipulate the data. Of course, Notes has an option for Web access, but not all administrators like opening their internal networks to external requests, Lepofsky said.

Users of version 7.0.2 can also run internal or external blogs, the support being provided by the back-end Domino server software. Domino can also publish RSS feeds listing new entries to these blogs or any other Notes event, such as when a document is added to a repository or when a new entry is added to a discussion forum. Oddly enough, the new Notes client will not have an RSS reader itself, so users will still have to use external clients to view these feeds. IBM is looking into adding an RSS reader to future versions of Notes, Lepofsky noted.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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