Lotus Notes is a desktop client that provides a set of useful functionalities, such as email, calendaring and scheduling, address book, database, and programming. It employs standards-based mail protocols, such as POP3 and SMTP. Lotus Notes consists of both a client and a server piece. Thus, it can be used as an entire email environment as well as to send or receive emails. However, this application has a number of downsides. You cannot share your contacts and other data for purposes outside of the Lotus Notes application. You cannot sync the Lotus Notes calendar with other calendars like Google. This is a drawback and the worst thing for the administrators who do not use Blackberrys.
A range of features in Lotus Notes is complicated and hard to implement, such as rules, search, archiving, and labels. These features are complex from an average user’s viewpoint. They are not as intuitive as those of Microsoft or Google are. Moreover, it requires additional software (such as Lotus Traveler and Lotus iNotes) to work on limited mobile devices. Due to these shortcomings, users tend to look for a safe and secure email environment. A majority of them migrate from Lotus Note to MS Outlook to enjoy an easy-to-use and lucid interface.
MS Outlook provides a plethora of advantages. It has lesser maintenance costs as compared to Lotus Notes. It offers free online support for all your queries. You can also hire consultants in affordable prices for MS Outlook. In addition, you can save money on prior trainings that would be otherwise required for the Lotus Notes application suite. The comprehensible features incorporated in MS Outlook ensure a good user experience and better productivity at work. Considering all the above benefits of using MS Outlook, it is wise to make a switch from Notes to Outlook.
There are plethora of professional tools in the market that convert NSF to PST. These utilities efficiently convert your Lotus Notes NSF file to Outlook PST by exporting all mail items of the Lotus Notes database, including emails, attachments, contacts, calendar, and journals. With the help of thee software, you can perform selective conversion by saving only selected items to the new Outlook PST. You can also save your individual mails either as ‘.EML’ files or as ‘.MSG’ files. These tools support all major versions of Lotus Notes such as 8.5, 8.0.2, 7.0, 6.5, and 6.0 versions. Furthermore, they are compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.
About the author: Cauvery Varma is a technology specialist, working with Stellar Information Systems Limited. She is a passionate blogger who writes helpful articles about Lotus Notes to Outlook conversion and related issues.