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What’s coming in Notes V11 almost before release?

After the Engage conference (May 2019), I wrote an article about what to expect in the new version of Domino / Notes. I wrote that there will be a beta version in Q3 / 19 and so on. So what is the current situation?

HCL fulfilled its promises and released at the end of October perhaps the latest Domino / Notes beta 2 including Traveler and Sametime V11 beta.

At the same time, HCL announced the first major release of V11 on December 4, so it is more than likely that we will be able to install the final version by the end of the year.

Are there any changes from the May information? Here is a selection of some important things:

  • Cleaner, modernized UI.
    The overall appearance of Notes has changed in this release.
  • Minimalistic menus
    Less used actions and options are hidden until you need them. Drop-down and expanding menus allow you to retain all previous capabilities without cluttering the workspace.
  • Simplified forms
    Forms within Notes Calendar and Contacts are organized in a basic, user friendly layout.
  • Domino licensing
    Starting with HCL Domino 11, each Domino server must be configured to connect to a FlexNet licensing server. The licensing server is used to validate that a Domino server is in compliance with the licensing requirements.
  • Inbox action bar
    There are fewer icons above the inbox on the action bar. Further options can be viewed when you select and hover over an email
  • Multiple Dictionaries Support
    You can now spell check any language that your HCL Notes client supports within an email or document.
  • Meetings > 24 Hour Support
    Meetings that are longer than 24 hours are now supported by the HCL Notes Calendar
  • Export As PDF
  • TLS 1.2 support for SAML
    Notes and Embedded Sametime now support TLS 1.2 with Notes’ Federated login (SAML).
  • Mac 64-bit Uninstaller
    The uninstaller provided for Notes 11 on Mac is now 64-bit. This change is made because Apple will no longer support a 32-bit uninstaller as of Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina) release.
  • Moving folders prompt
    Users are now prompted to confirm when a mail folder is moved
  • Synched release schedule
    Starting with this release, Sametime® and Notes® follow the same release schedule.
  • New HCL Notes 11 theme
    HCL Notes has a new theme for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Notebook. After the previous blue, there has been a change that is much more pleasant after a long period of use.

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