Providing a secure enterprise mail solution trusted by governments and regulated industries has always been an essential mission for HCL Domino. Trusted by 40% of the Fortune 500, Domino is the backbone of corporate communications and powers our customers’ workflow applications that run their business.

In every Domino release, we have continued to invest in the core platform for apps and mail. This includes our own desktop, web and mobile clients, plus open client options such as Apple Mail. Here, we provide an update on the progress we’ve made and what’s coming.

User Experience  
Here are examples of the improvements we’ve made to both HCL Verse and HCL Notes. If you’ve not seen these before, please contact your BP or HCL sales representative for more information on upgrading so you can take full advantage of this more modern experience.

Capabilities Recently Delivered and What to Expect Next

Based on feedback from our community, here’s a summary of our Domino mail portfolio and our product plans for the next 3 years: 

Product/capability    Delivered recently   HCL roadmap & strategy 
Domino 
  • Improved security by introducing “Let’s Encrypt” and TOTP for web clients. 
  • Simplified admin management by streamlining cluster replication experience and introducing one-touch server setup. 
  • Cloud-native — flexible and scalable deployment on various platforms such as Azure, Google, and AWS 
  • Enhancement for mail security — including ICAP support, DKIM Inbound and SPF checking.  
  • Introducing Domino App Restyle — to make your existing apps UI look more modern with just a few easy steps.  
HCL clients for mail and apps 

  • Notes 
  • Nomad Web 
  • Verse Web  
  • Verse Mobile  
  • iNotes  
HCL Verse  

  • PWA for Verse 
  • Photos from NAB 
  • New calendar event interface 
     

HCL Verse Mobile 

  • Dark Mode Support 
  • Smart forward/smart reply 
     

HCL Notes 

  • Workspace UI Improvement 
  • Improved mail usability experience – sent from, copy formatting 
 

  • Introduce Verse 3.0 — new user interface for contacts & find availability visual scheduler. 
  • Nomad Web — printing and offline support.  
  • Notes Standard — continuous improvement of workspace and client performance. 
  • End of Support for iNotes — replaced by Verse with comparable functionality and much more. 
  • Our goal is to deliver a unified web experience that enables users to get work done more easily across today’s separate Verse, Nomad Web, Sametime and Domino Volt web experiences.  
Open clients 

  • HCL Microsoft for Outlook – (HTMO) Outlook on Windows *  
     
  • Project Quattro – Outlook on Mac and mobile *  
     
  • Traveler – Apple mail and calendar on iOS  
HTMO 

  • Delegation (full access) 
  • x.509 certificate authentication/ signing and encryption 
     

Traveler (Apple Mail) 

  • Room and resources updates in Apple calendar 
  • HTMO – improve performance, stability, and calendar features. 
Interoperability  
  • Directory Sync — External LDAP sync with Domino directory including password synchronization. 
     
  • Domino online meeting Integration (DOMI) in the Notes client — allows users to schedule meetings using Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Teams and Sametime. 
     
  • Simplified backup experience – integrate with third-party backup solutions to restore your data reliably.  
  • A built-in free time busy look up feature — that works across both Domino and Exchange/Outlook-based systems.  

 

  • Migration tool — an intuitive UI for importing mail and calendar data from any third-party vendor such as Microsoft or Zimbra.   

 
Note:*
Recently, Microsoft announced an initiative to consolidate its Outlook clients and mail protocols. In addition, they announced the deprecation of the Exchange Web Services (EWS) protocol and API and its M365-based replacement that even Exchange on-premises customers will need to use.  

Due to the change in Microsoft’s protocol, and since most of the Domino customer base are Windows users, HCL has decided to invest in HCL Microsoft for Outlook (HTMO) to provide the open mail experience rather than continuing to develop EWS support. Specifically, our plan to deliver support for Outlook on Mac and Mobile under Project Quattro has ended. Consequently, in subsequent HTMO releases, we’ll focus on improving the ease of installation, performance, stability, and provide calendar feature parity with Notes and Verse where applicable.  
 
As always, HCL Digital Solutions is fully committed to the Domino community and our customers.  We value your feedback, so please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or submit your ideas to Aha. Thank you for your support.

Domino Product Team

Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi programming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results like those stated here.  

 

 

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