I may be wrong in this assertion so if I am then I apologise, but it isn’t something I have come across. In my experience home computer users generally use either Microsoft’s Exchange system or an online or cloud-based email system such as Hotmail or Google Mail.
So, I was rather surprised to learn the other day that Lotus Notes software is readily available to download. But this is where the fun starts.
Apparently someone left his job that used Lotus Notes but didn’t want to lose the information he had collected. As such he made a copy to use at home.
Downloading version 8.5 of the software, the individual proceeded to try and open the emails on the disc. He had no trouble accessing the most recent emails, but was unable to open archived ones. All he kept getting when he tried to do so was an “Illegal Use” error message.
When I found out about this I asked myself: why did his place of work still use an outdated email system? Lotus Notes, however well it works, is not what I would describe as a universal email system. On the other hand, Google Mail is. It’s cloud-based to start with, which means that anyone can access their emails from anywhere in the world regardless of the type of computer being used.
But best of all – there is no program to download.