The Notes "next big release" is the one after the 8.0.1 point release that was announced on September 18th. The Notes 8.0.1 point release -- at least those things in it-- are pretty final now and we're fixing bugs.
Last week the design and user research team held an exercise to prioritize the Notes client features in the "next big release." We did this at the yearly meeting of our "Global Customer Partnership Council. " So that means that the council got to represent all of you in terms of which features are important to put in the next big release. Due to confidentiality restrictions, we can't share everything with you (at least not right now), but here are a few of the results below. The Council could rate things as a P1, P2, P3 or "put it in the trash" -- meaning, "Do not bother to build this."
P 1.5 - Samantha can put Urls, Doc links and links to the Symphony editors on her Re-designed workspace
P 1.5 Samantha will receive Notifications from all plugins in a consistent way (e.g."new mail" slide-in box in lower right).
P 2 - Samantha can have her sidebar managed via policy, can import approved plugins, can efficiently manage a large number of plugins, and have location awareness in plugins"
In the trash:
The ability to put an anniversary on the calendar with no end date. (e.g. infinite repeat)
Now, we do want to make every effort to build the things you tell us are important. We also have to take into account other things like changing business climate and IBM corporate initiatives and so on. So I am unable to make any promises. But I am able at least to keep you updated :)
Designing the User Experience for Lotus Notes andSametime
Wow, I think we broke our feedback record on this response - 100 responses and counting...
Thanks for all the great feedback. As usual, it's very helpful for our planning.
It seems there's almost universal agreement that we should change the default meaning of Reply. This will cause us to re-word the other options in the Reply drop-down menu, in the Views & Forms in both Notes and DWA. We realize that the 'terms' will now be different from what was offered in previous releases, and we want to make sure that this won't really confuse our users.
So, here's the new proposal for the Reply menu:
Margo Ezekiel, Notes Mail Client UI Designer