Sametime 7.5 introduced the idea to end users that they might want to install and manage plugins. Do your business end users use the following in the Sametime client, and do they understand it and if yes, great, and if not, what is confusing:
Now, the Notes 8 client will also allow Samantha to download and instlal plugins. Moreover, Samantha can add plugins that feel to her like new features to anexisting application, or she can add entire applications.
Also, Notes 8 has changed the term "Database" to "Application. " This was in response from customers who told us that their end users got "scared' or confused when they saw a term like "database" in an end-user client.
We believe that from Samantha's point of view, opening databases and installing plugins-- they are all just "things", e.g. she does not know or care if one this is a Notes dataabse or another thing is an Eclipse plugin.
We realize that we have confusing mental models here. Samantha generally only "opens'"Notes databases, while now she'll also have the ability to "install' some. Of course, she might not care about the difference. Ideally, we'd make the difference entirely transparent to her, but there might be times when we cannot.
We're looking for a common set of terms to use for "installing plug-ins" regardless of whether they are "new applicatoins" or "new features" to Samantha.
To that end, I propose to add the following to the bottom of the File - Applications menu in Notes 8.
This would mean that in Sametime, we'd have these 2 menu items on an "Applications" pull right (rather than the "Manage updates" one shown above.)
Even in this case, I think Samantha would have to be told in which case to OPEN an application and in which case to "install" an application and so on, but at least she goes to the same menu. In a future version I hope to make all these distinctions transparent by giving her an integrated application catalog where she can browser through different kinds of applicatoins regardless of how they are built, and simply "pick" them.
How to best let Samantha manage her Eclipse plug-ins along with Notes databases?