1. The recurrence model for meetings and the like was way more featureful than anything I've seen since.
2. The CEO of my company at the time dictated that the Notes devs/admins change the email interface such that in order to click "reply-all", you had to navigate to a separate screen. This all but eliminated all stupid company wide email storms, and should be in every email client.
For that we paid a heavy price in CPU and Memory use, as is Notes wont.
You still get a single click to reply for single senders, but any ambiguity needs to be dealt with, but usually only with a quick additional click.
I routinely experience this where I want to reply all in my work Gmail, but the default is reply to sender, and I end up having to re-send the email a few seconds later so everyone sees it (if I'm lucky and notice. Otherwise other people just never see what I intended them too).
We spun off every tenant as a replica of a Lotus Notes database template (my lingo might be wrong, since 20 years has passed). People, at that time, however, hadn't quite warmed up to the concept of subscription software though.
I believe we accomplished all of this using some crazy LotusScript. We pushed really hard to get our product out before Lotus could release Instant Team Room.
Source: I helped develop CouchDB, but haven't really used Notes.
If two people were editing the same document in different replicas of the same database, then you would get two copies of the document with one labelled as a "replication or save conflict".
It could make a kind of perverted sense for HCL to own a product a huge amount of consulting/outsourcing money is being spent on. Either to ease the decline and capture more of that marketshare (e.g. 'we own it so you should hire us to get rid of it for you') or to try and reinvigorate that product and recapture some of those captured $$$s (e.g. 'it's already deployed for you and instead of paying us big bucks to remove it, pay us medium bucks to add Feature A you really need').
Notes is literally an Eclipse plugin.
There. Now you can really hate it and feel totally justified.
Notes had an app development platform and runtime for forms, workflow and things like that. Adding Eclipse muddled that aspect of the architecture, too.
If you'd ever worked with Notes 3 you would know why.
Having said that, I was always a big fan of Notes/Domino even though the UI sucked hard. This is probably because I was a huge fan of Filemaker Pro on the Mac, and Notes, more than anything else (including Access), felt like the closest thing on Windows.
New license seems like a hard sell, unless HCL invest heavily in both Notes and Domino.
You'd wish it was mediocre.
I suspect that those stuck in the IT trenches want some light-hearted relief?
It is peculiarly British (albeit with an office in Australia too), which doesn't suit everyone - you may get ribbed if you post a comment that is US centric.
The writing style and the headlines often comes across as childish, but some of the seemingly childish stuff is associated with gags that have been running for years, or reflecting current events in the UK, or just good old British humour!
I am a colonial - so my opinions matter didly squat.