Taking advantage of some very public GMail outages this month – IBM promises hosted email that is more reliable with its iNotes service. The list of supported browsers has always been my chief complaint with iNotes (appended below).
Still, since Lotus is the lower-priced solution, that alone may be enough for them to compete. Google Apps currently charges $50 per user per year but iNotes will be only $36. Those cost savings combined with the brand recognition of the IBM name will help iNotes quickly get in the game.
What software is required to use the services?
Systems must meet the following minimum requirements:
* Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0,7.0 and 8.0, Firefox® 3.0, Opera® 9.6 in Windows XP
* Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7.0 and 8.0 in Windows Vista®
* Safari® 3.2 in Mac OS® 10.4
* Firefox® 3.0, Safari® 3.2 in Mac OS® 10.5