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IBM “Productivity Tools” in Lotus Notes

IBM will introduce new “productivity tools” in Lotus Notes 8. Basically, they’ve embedded into Lotus, allowing users to create ODF documents from within Notes 8.

Looks like a very interesting direction to be traveling. Wouldn’t a big organization jump at the chance to eliminate some of its MS Office licenses once document creation is integrated into other existing systems? License cost and administration complexity could be reduced by combining these two major application sets into one!

I also like some of the UI changes, where they’ve moved certain toolbars into tool palettes shown to the right of the main working area. (I don’t like the pale blue in the screenshots; too default XP-ish, but maybe that’s just Windows.)

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