Yesterday, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Ed Brill for the first time, at the Admin 2006 conference in Boston. We talked about the next release of Lotus Notes, code-named Hannover. Now, of course, that's what I've been blogging about all along, but based on questions that people asked me yesterday I realized that it is not clear to everyone that "Hannover" is simply a code name for the next release of Lotus Notes.
There will be plenty of improvements to Lotus Notes in this release-- my team and I are focusing on improving the user experience in a big way. But you can still rely on things like secure e-mail and robust replication.
Speaking of replication, I have had many conversations with our design partners, business partners, marketing team, and developers, about improving the user experience for replication. At times, the improvements have included changing the term from "Replication" to "Synchronization".
Reactions to such a terminology change tend to fall into 2 camps:
1. The "It's about time" camp
2. The "no, way, you can't dilute the power of the replication message by using the same term that other companies use for something not as robust!!!!! <argh!! ack!! apoplectic noises from the constituency!!>"camp
At the moment, the marketing, development and design team have agreed that the term will remain "Replication." Stay tuned, though. You never know, maybe we'll start using the term "Synchronization" and just tell everybody it's a code name for "Replication" :)