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Comparison tables of features between IBM Notes, IBM iNotes & IBM SmartCloud Notes web

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This technote provides a high-level feature comparison of the following clients: IBM Notes 8.5.3, IBM Notes 9.0.1 Social Edition, IBM iNotes 9.0.1 Social Edition, and IBM SmartCloud Notes web. (Last updated: September 3, 2015)

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General features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
One UI theme
x
x
x
x
Discover Page (to learn about client)
x
Set as default mail client
x
x
x
x
x (2)
x(2)
Windows authentication-based Single Sign-On (SPNEGO)
x
x
x
x
x
x (17)
x (17)
Policy support
x (26)
x
x (26)
x
x
x
x
x (26)
x (26)
Domino ID Vault integration
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Import Internet Certificates (into user's Notes ID file)
x
x
x
x
x
Easily change end-user language via preference setting change
x (22)
x(22)
x (22)



Mail features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
Insert attachments within messages
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
View popular attachment types without requiring specific document processor software (e.g. Microsoft Office)
x
x
x
x
x (8)
x (8)
Read encrypted mail
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Compose and send encrypted mail
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Set follow-up flags with action items
x
x
x
x
x
x (29)
x
x
x
Show email in a vertical preview pane
x
x
x
x
Show mail threads that group related mail for quick access to needed information
x
x (4)
x
x (4)
x
x
Display Threads within the main list area, so other messages in thread can be read in preview pane
x
x
Use "Group By Date" to offer mail grouped by different key date ranges
x
View "snippets" (first few characters of message in the view)
x
Recall mail sent in error
x
x
x
x
x
x
Manage mail rules enforced on the server for all clients
x
x
x
x
x
x
Manage white and black sender lists enforced by the server for all clients
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Manage email offline and synchronize changes when reconnected to the network
x
x
x
x
x (3)
Quickly address email with Recent Contacts
x
x
x (16)
x (16)
x (16)(12)
x (16)
x (16)(12)
Delete unwanted Recent Contacts from type-ahead results list
x
Advanced Name Picker (includes photos & results)
x
Drag and drop local files to messages being composed
x
x
x
x
x (18)
x(18)
Drag and drop received attachments to local operating system location
x
x
x
x
x (2)
x(31)
Drag and drop messages to folders
x
x
x
x
x
x
Personal folder management
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Add to folder
x
x
x
x
Identify what folders the current message is in (Discover Folders)
x
x
x
x
Lotus Protector for Mail Security integration with Notes mail to all reporting spam
x
x
x
Mail quota management
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Delivery options (priority, delivery report, return receipt)
x (11)
x
x (11)
x
x
x (30)
x (11)
Recipient can opt not to send return receipt
x
x
x
x
Add a personal signature to messages
x
x
x
x
x
x
x (21)
x
x (21)
Create and edit rich text signatures with images
x
x
x
x
x (14)
x
x (14)
Auto-save messages being composed
x (24)
x (24)
x (24)
x (24)
x
x
Preview pane actions
x
x
x
x
x
x
Unread Messages identified within message lists and unread counts for any displayed folders
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Archive email
x
x
x
x
x
x
x (15)
Archive easily to one of multiple local archives
x
x
x
x
Display conversations, whereby a folder lists only the latest message within a thread in the selected folder for easier access
x
x
Color code messages from specific senders within mail views
x
x
x
x
Sorting by subject ignores standard message prefixes such as Re: or Fwd:
x
x
x
x
x
x
Display Embedded Experiences content within received messages
x (10) (26)
x (10)
IMAP & POP3 access to mail server
x (25)
x (25)
Managed mail replicas
x (26)
x (26)

Calendar features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
Day-at-a-Glance calendar view
x
x
x
x
x
x
Time slot views (1, 2, 5, 7)
x
x
x
x
Weekly and monthly calendar views
x
x
x
x
x
x
Weekly planner view
x
Rolling month calendar view
x
List Views/All Calendar entries
x
x
x
x
Summarized calendar view
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Group calendar
x
x
x
x
x
x
Schedule meetings, appointments & reminders
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
View unprocessed meeting invitations
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Schedule rooms and resources with meeting invitations
x (26)
x
x (26)
x
x
x
x (26)
Overlay personal, external calendars so that all calendars display in a single view (Notes, Google, iCal)
x
x
x
(Google overlays only)
Work with a calendar and schedule meetings offline and synchronize changes when reconnected to the network
x
x
x
x
x (3)
Auto process invitations
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Display current availability for meeting when opening a received invitation or reschedule notice
x
x
x
x
x
Support for call-in and online meeting info within meeting invitations
x
x
x
x
x
x
Delete/Modify call-in and online meeting info within scheduled meetings
x
x
Display additional time zone in calendar
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Repair calendar entries
x
x
x
x
x
x
Calendar footer options
x
x
x
x
x
x
Create repeating entries with custom repeat dates
x
x
x
x
Robust free-time scheduler (with ability to drag current meeting time and toggle attendees to display data for)
x
x
x
x
x
x
Calendar cleanup
x
x
x
x
Import holidays
x (1)
x
x (1)
x
x

Contact Management features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web

Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
Display information about contacts
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Create a new contact
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Display photo with contact data
x
x
x
x
x
x
Display contact information in vertical preview pane
x
x
Display contacts as a set of business cards for easier access
x
x
View contact data in a vCard attachment
x
x
x
x
Import contact information in vCard format into the name and address book
x
x
x
x
Forward contacts as a vCard
x
x
x
x
Ability to synchronize contacts with corporate directory
x
x
x
x
Ability to delegate contacts to another Notes user
x
x
x
x
x
x

Productivity features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
System Tray notifier for new messages (does not require client to be open)
x
x
Set up automatic notifications when out of the office and unable to collaborate
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Multi-level undo within rich text editor
x
x
x
x
x
x
Paste images into rich text editor from the clipboard
x
x
x
x
x (9)
x (some)
x(20)
Welcome Page that provides customizable, central access to information users need
x
x (5)
x
x(5)
x
Move or copy received attachments directly into Connections Files
x
Save attachments directly into an IBM Lotus Quickr library, and send a link within the library instead
x
x
x
x
x
Work with collaborative and business applications offline and synchronize changes when reconnected to the network
x
x
x
x
x
x
Drag and drop messages with attachments into an IBM Lotus Quickr place through always available sidebar plug-in
x
x
Real-time spell checking as you type
x
x
x
x
x (7)
x (7)
x (7)
x (7)
x (7)
Deploy widgets/plug-ins to an always available sidebar that provides productive function or quick access to business data
x (26)
x (26)
x (10)
Live Text - text automatically recognized and highlighted by widgets that take a context-sensitive action when clicked
x
x
x (10)
Create and edit open standard documents with integrated IBM Lotus Symphony software
x
Integrated search center for basic searches of messages, contacts, calendars and the Internet (using popular search engines) from a single location
x
x
Search area to search current view or entire mail file
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Highlight found search text when opening search result documents
x
x
x
x
Save full-text search results
x (1)
x
x (1)
x
Mash together existing business applications and data to help streamline business processes
x
x
x (10)
Delegate mail file access
x
x
x
x
x
x
x(28)
Import/Export data in popular formats (CSV, vCard, iCal)
x
x
x
x
x (13)
x (13)

Personalization features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
Customizable home page
x
x
x
x
x
Personal To Do lists with status and alarms
x
x
x
x
x
x
Personal electronic notebook for entering notes
x
x
x
x
x
x
Categorize personal Notebook/Journal pages
x
x
x
x
Quick access to subscribed news feeds
x
x
Specify look-and-feel theme for windows and how they open
x
x
Customizable UI by modifying template or extension forms files
x
x
x
x
x
x
Customizations are not overwritten when applying Interim Fix, hotfix, or updating to Maintenance Release
x
x

Collaboration features
Notes 8.5.3
Notes 9.0.1
Social Edition
iNotes 9.0.1
Social Edition
SmartCloud
Notes web
Standard
Basic
(1)
Standard
Basic
(1)
Full
Full (ally)*
Ultra-light
Full
Ultra-light
Connect with people through integrated IBM Sametime instant messaging and presence awareness
x
x (6)
x
x (6)
x
x (19)
Chat history
x
x
x
x
Collaborate with colleagues across a wide set of business topics in a forum through Discussion application
x
x
x
x
x
x
Access custom 3rd party collaboration and business applications
x
x
x
x
x
x
Manage and store team content through Teamroom application
x
x
x
x
x
x
Find recent collaborations with a selected contact
x
x
Create personal blogs from integrated template
x
x
x
x
Discover information on people, found in email and documents, that have common interests and expertise through integration with IBM Connections software
x
x
Share and discover documents of interest through integration with IBM Connections software
x
x
x
Manage team activities - work associated with a project - through integration with IBM Connections software
x
(sidebar) (27)
x
(sidebar) (27)
Browse and insert Connections Files links while composing a message
x
Automatically share IBM Connections Files links within message on send
x


Footnotes
*
iNotes a11y available only on Mozilla Firefox
1
Support is limited for use against on-premises Domino servers. Not supported for use against mail files hosted on SmartCloud Notes service.
2
Requires installation of iNotes Control (available only for Internet Explorer browsers)
3
Requires installation of Domino Offline Services (DOLS) feature on the client
4
Basic only - Mail Threads view similar to release 7.x and prior
5
Basic only - Limited Welcome Page similar to release 7.x and prior
6
Basic only - Limited chat-only buddy list with awareness in views and folders, similar to release 7.x and prior
7
Some browsers have real-time spell checking as you type
8
Possible with deployment of IBM Docs on premises or IBM Connections Files viewer (available on Greenhouse solutions catalog). Viewer presently supports only desktop browsers.
9
Possible with Firefox and Chrome only (not with Safari or Internet Explorer 8)
10
Available with 9.0.x OpenSocial component
11
With the SmartCloud Notes service, return receipts not available for mail sent to Internet users
12
Only supported on iOS browser
13
Only import CSV format contacts
14
Can paste images into HTML signature (same limitations listed above for #9). Once set up will work with all browsers; however, Internet Explorer 8 has a 32K pasted image limit.
15
Only journaling like capability with SmartCloud Archive essentials. No Domino-based local or server archives.
16
Limited to 100 recent contacts (and not shared with Notes client)
17
Users can authenticate to an on-premises ADFS SAML IdP with SPNEGO, then connect to SmartCloud Notes web without any further prompts.
18
Available for Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers. For Internet Explorer, available only with installation of iNotes Control.
19
Awareness next to usernames within name columns and name fields is not available if using SmartCloud Sametime Proxy (available only if using on-premises Sametime Proxy)
20
Possible with Internet Explorer (if iNotes Control is installed), Firefox, and Chrome. Not possible with Safari.
21
Supports plain text signatures only
22
Only two pieces of UI stuck with template driven language (list column headings and mail outline entries). SPR# VSEN9436MP
24
Auto-saved to local workstation (not to Drafts system folder)
25
In SmartCloud Notes, only third-party IMAP clients can be used to access mail.
26
In SmartCloud Notes, supported for hybrid environments only.
27
In a SmartCloud Notes service-only environment, can connect only to SmartCloud Engage activities.
In a SmartCloud Notes hybrid environment, can connect to on-premises IBM Connections and to SmartCloud Engage activities.
28
Can delegate to other users in same environment (both SmartCloud or both on-premises)
29
Quick star only
30
High priority and return receipt only
31
Possible only with Internet Explorer (if iNotes Control is installed) and Chrome

Additional References

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Messaging Applications IBM iNotes 9.0.1
Organizational Productivity- Portals & Collaboration IBM SmartCloud Notes

Document information

More support for: IBM Notes

Software version: 8.5.3, 9.0.1

Operating system(s): Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS

Reference #: 7040248

Modified date: 03 September 2015


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