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Answers to your Notes 6 messaging questions

Expert Jill Jones answers questions about new messaging features in Domino 6.


Jill Jones, product manager for the Notes Client at IBM's Lotus Software, recently presented a Lotus Live! Series Webcast on SearchDomino on New Messaging Features in Domino and Notes 6. Jill answered many of the questions offline. Here's Part 1 of our 2-part Q&A, with answers to questions on mail and replication issues. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will cover calendaring and scheduling.

When converting from R5 to R6, are folders retained?
Jones: Yes, when "prohibit design refresh or replace" is set.

Will it be possible to keep a user from running personal agents without also disabling their ability to run the out of office agent?
Jones: Yes. Notes/Domino 6 allows Editors to enable/disable the out of office agent. Other agents need Designer or above.

Are there any changes on the Out Of Office Feature?
Jones: Notes/Domino 6 allows Editor-access users to enable or disable the out of office agent.

Will there be any additional or improved spam features in R6? What anti-spam features are available at the client?
Jones: There has been quite a lot of work done on the server regarding spam. Mail rules have been enhanced on the client, to some degree, to alleviate some of the spam issues, but for the most part, the server has most of the control over this.

What other new messaging features, other than calendaring and scheduling, are included in R6?
Jones: There are plenty of new messaging features for Notes 6, including replying without attachments, color-coded email messages, bolded folders with unread counts...

Why is the mail recall feature in Outlook left out?
Jones: Product Management acknowledged this requirement, but it ran out of time for the Domino 6. We will look into it for a future feature release.

Can the progress status in replicator display the number of documents not synchronized instead of the number of updates not synchronized? Documents would be a meaningful result rather than updates, as updates have no meaning.
Jones: At this time there are no plans to change this behavior.

As in attachment detaching, is archiving done in the background (or is this feature planned)?
Jones: Yes, archiving is done as a background task in Notes/Domino 6

In case you missed it
CLICK to view our Lotus Live! Series Webcast with Jill Jones on new messaging features in Domino 6
What about remote sync with PIM?
Jones: By reducing the number of products and repackaging the underlying technology to represent a solution rather than a product, we are positioned to fully support the Domino messaging and collaborative platforms from a mobile perspective. Specifically, the server software previously sold separately (DEAS, DESMS, DEE) is now bundled with the core Domino server, with a single client access license (CAL) for entitlement to provide users the features/functionality/capability to access their key Domino applications such as email, calendar, contacts, to do, journal, and directory from almost any mobile device, whether it be almost any mobile phone, Pocket PC, Symbian EPOC, Palm based or other devices supporting SyncML, without regard to the connectivity model available to them. The result will be mobile access to Domino will be much easier and Enterprise customers will be able to extend their investment in Domino due to the focus of Domino Everyplace being squarely set on supporting Domino Messaging.

Can the progress status in replicator display the number of documents not synchronized instead of the number of updates not synchronized? Documents would be a meaningful result rather than updates, as updates have no meaning.
Jones: At this time there are no plans to change this behavior.

Can a welcome page in the client be used to display Notes database on a server?
Jones: Yes, assuming the client is talking to the server at the time, you can choose a notes database view from the server and display it on the Welcome page.

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If you reply with history, can you automatically delete the original message (to save space) since the content is now in the reply?
Jones: This is a great feature enhancement request and we will look into it for a future feature release.

Can you have multiple Notes users use one PC? In early version you can, but are limited to some features.
Jones: In Notes 6, you can install Notes for use in a multi-user environment, which will be tied to different users' Windows login screens. All of the common Notes data will be stored off c:documents and settingscommon, and each user, with a login, will have a separate directory with their own Notes environment. This feature allows each user to maintain their own bookmarks, journals, id files, welcome pages, etc., and because it is tied to the windows login, the user's data files will be secure.

Look for part two of our Q&A with Jill Jones tomorrow on SearchDomino.

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