Using Microsoft Outlook with Lotus Notes
For years, I have been a BIG advocate of using Microsoft Outlook both at home and at work for an organizational tool and for its flexibility. At my new employer, I find myself in a Lotus Notes environment, and the interface of the Notes client is far less flexible, by comparison. Has anyone found a way to simply substitute Microsoft Outlook as a the "front-end" client for a Notes Server, and regain the flexibility it provides for email, tasks, calendar, and address book, without impacting I.T. on the backend?
Two possible solutions for Outlook capabilities w/Lotus Note
Depening on what you are allowed to do by your IS folks, here are two possible solutions to your situation.
First, it is possible to use Outlook as a "front-end" to Lotus Notes for e-mail. This can be done using the IMAP connectivity or as a simple e-mail client. You lose many of the cool features of Notes but you have the Outlook Client that you desire.
Second, you may want to take a look to see what I have done with Lotus Notes. I have configured the Lotus Notes Default E-Mail template to use the GTD organization system. (See http://www.ica.com) I have been using this template for over 4 years and it has been stable in its present format for the past two. The screen shots and narrative may give you some ideas for organizing your own systems.
Best of success to you.
Answer re: Outlook & Lotus Notes
Outlook Connector (requires OL 2002) synchs Outlook w/ Notes 5/Domino server. Free download from MS. Have been using 2-3 weeks, so far works as advertised.