By Steve Kern
IN THIS CHAPTER
This chapter introduces Release 6 of one of the mainstays of messaging and groupware products on the market today, Lotus Notes and Domino. Notes has survived the doomsayers, the naysayers, market vagaries, and the Internet boom and bust, and has grown beyond the expectations of Lotus Development Corporation itself. It has attracted the attention of one of the industry giants, IBM, who purchased Lotus in 1996 for about $1.8 billion. Lotus is now one of four major IBM brands. The discussion in this introductory chapter is at a fairly high level and attempts to illustrate what Notes and Domino can do for a business. Notes and Domino is a very large product, so it would be difficult to summarize its capabilities in a single book, let alone a single chapter.
First, I'll give a very brief overview of Lotus Notes and Domino Release 6.