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Looks like Lotus, a division of International Business Machines, is launching a new hosted email service called iNotes that costs $3.75 a month and comes with 1 GB of storage space. The email can be accessed via webmail POP3, IMAP and supports IMAP IDLE for mobile […]

inotes_overview_3.jpgLooks like Lotus, a division of International Business Machines, is launching a new hosted email service called iNotes that costs $3.75 a month and comes with 1 GB of storage space. The email can be accessed via webmail POP3, IMAP and supports IMAP IDLE for mobile devices. Google’s Gmail, by comparison, comes with about 25 GB of storage space. IBM, according to sources, has been selling this service for the past few weeks and the web site for LotusLive, the online collaboration offering, looks open for business.

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  1. Not impressed. 1 GB is an absolute joke.

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  2. I bet Microsoft is none to happy about the similarities to Microsoft’s Live family of products.

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    1. I love the nomenclature on this product. I think the battle of collaboration is going to be key on this one. :-)

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      1. TOTALLY! The name speaks volumes, esp. given the Ray Ozzie connection. I’ve always liked the integral architecture of Lotus but it’s such a dog to use…I dunno, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

        Also curious to see how Unified Communications comes into play for these services…if at all.

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  3. I would expect this to he nicely tied in to Lotus Notes. Notes is still used by a lot of enterprises.

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    1. Hi James – iNotes is just the browser version of Lotus Notes. iNotes is to Notes as Outlook Web Access is to an Outlook/Exchange account.

      iNotes has actually been around for years inside corporate Notes shops.

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    2. This isn’t related to IBM Lotus Notes/Domino code – it is not the robust IBM Lotus Domino Server on the backend, and doesn’t come with support for the superior IBM Lotus Notes client. It was based on the code from the Outblaze purchase – which has 40million mailboxes with basic web/POP/IMAP access – the browser experience has been enhanced and branding under the much cooler IBM LotusLive brand.

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  4. Last I checked Gmail offered about 7.5 GB of storage. Where does 25 GB come from, Om?

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    1. The Google Apps when you sign-up for the premium package that is roughly what you get with the account.

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  5. Can anyone confirm that this can connect to a traditional notes account? My work notes account does not allow pop or imap connections (thus only to lotus notes desktop software) and I thus cannot get it on my mobile phone. If this can get a connection to my notes server, and then allow me to relay it to my phone, that would be AMAZING.

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  6. Yeah what the heck is that. It can’t even compete with gmail which is FREE. I don’t understand why anyone would buy this email service. I guess there is a lot more genius to the marketing of it.

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  7. How unfortunate that you can’t sign up online and have to contact the IBM Sales team, the resulting link generates “error message 40: This service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.”

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    1. They seem to have fixed the contact form mid-afternoon today.

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  8. It’s like paying a man to come and kick you in the testicles.

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    1. Well, Steve Jobs has been really successful at doing just that, getting people to pay him to kick them in the nuts.

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  9. Lame service that is priced too high for its value.

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  10. IBM bought out the Hong Kong based email service provider Outblaze earlier this year, so it’s really the same competition under a new name. The pricing is nothing market blazing, as we have been offering $3 / 1GB IMAP/POP3/Webmail including AS/AV for a few years now.

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    1. @Frank Muto

      Thanks for that reminder. I guess these days so much happens that it often is hard to remember a deal from two weeks ago, forget 12 months. Thank god we have readers like you with total recall.

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