Better, yes. The right answer, no. See my earlier post on Notes 8 and its feed reader capability.
IBM needs to decide if it is in the feed reader business or not. Forget that these clients will essentially be free as add-ins to browsers, Outlook and so on. Being a player in the market is important overall - especially when competing with Microsoft. "Dabbling" with a feed reader is ultimately just going to result in frustrated users and an overall poor user experience. IBM needs to deliver a feed reader that is as good or better than what exists in Outlook 2007 and IE7. It needs to declare whether it will or not support Windows RSS Platform. There needs to be much more on information provided on security, administration and network management as well as issues around handling read/unread marks across clients and devices as well as de-duping strategies.
Coming out with a feed reader that is behind what Microsoft is delivering as well as vendors such as Attensa, KnowNow and NewsGator is simply underwhelming. And to-date, no official direction on a feed server.
What I was much more impressed by was the Lotusphere 2007 talk of Venus. Links below:
I was on a call a few weeks ago with a Hannover design partner and we were discussing the feed reader in Hannover (now known as Notes 8).
He shall remain nameless (unless he wants to identify himself), but his comments in as direct a quote as I can remember were: "It's not that I don't like the feed reader in Hannover, it's that I hate it". His beef was although it works nicely to read the web pages for the feeds when you are on-line, there was no decent off-line story. That is, you could not read the summaries of each feed entry when off-line. Not too cool in the Notes universe.
Well, the power of negative suggestion sometimes accomplishes things. A statement like "It's not that I don't like X, it's that I hate it" reverberates somewhat.
So, here's a screenshot, fresh from this morning's Notes 8 daily build. Now you can find something else to pick on....
Source: Jeff Eisen