I just received my latest copy of Windows IT Pro in the mail. I really think you should rename the magazine to Windows Exchange Pro because it seems like every issue lately has articles about Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.
My current employer is a Global Fortune 500 company with 10,000 users in 70 countries, and we use Lotus Notes as our email client with a Domino server on the back end. My job is desktop support. It's a fantastic program! Fast, reliable, full-featured, easy to set up and use. I've used Exchange: In fact, for a previous employer, a technical college, I taught a course in setting up Exchange servers. While the students were learning Exchange, the staff all had Lotus Notes on their own desktop.
So, why is it that I don't think
I've ever seen an article about
Lotus/Domino in the three years
I've been a subscriber to Windows
IT Pro? This is an enterprise-level
application used by thousands, if
not millions, of people worldwide,
but it's ignored by a publication
that calls itself an "IT pro" magazine.
Yes, it's a great program, but
like any program, it's not perfect.
But those imperfections are what
magazines like yours are supposed
to help us with.
Thank you for your perspective,
Mike. Our coverage is focused on
Microsoft Exchange and Outlook
because more than 80 percent of our
readers tell us they work exclusively
with Exchange and want more
information about it. Readers, if you
want coverage of Lotus/Domino in
Windows IT Pro, let us know!
On the Road Again
If an IT person can't figure out how to find the File menu, I don't think Office 2007 is going to have a large adoption rate in the general user population. In her IT Pro Perspective column "On the Road with Office 2007" (June 2006, InstantDoc ID 50237), all Karen Forster said was "Go figure." How about "Wake up, Microsoft"? Warning the Help desks, as Karen has done, is smart, but then again, why upgrade? After reading Karen's Office 2007 highlights, I think Microsoft is obviously missing the point of upgrades. I also think that any time you talk about upgrading you should also mention ROI. This is always a point of discussion with my clients. We don't upgrade to upgrade. I can't believe Karen didn't question why one should upgrade if the UI is confusing. The only application that would motivate me to upgrade to Office 2007 is Outlook because I spend the most time with Outlook.
And why SharePoint? SharePoint
will be limited to a small adoption
rate until Microsoft makes some big
changes, such as
access to file servers.
Why have two locations
for the data?
Being able to access
files through the
Explorer UI and the
Web browser would
be great. I know it
would require serious
this is what I'm
—Ben R. Serebin
An Open Letter Draws
I read IT Pro Perspective, "An Open Letter to Bill Gates" (July 2006, InstantDoc ID 50455). Regarding "porting" a drive, you shouldn't be porting an already used drive to another machine. I prefer to back up my data files or dump data files onto a new machine. As Karen Forster states, you can also have a "ghosted" image ready to put on a waiting PC. Who wants to port all the possible viruses, Trojans, malware, and the like to another box? Besides that, I want to keep my registry lean and mean.
I want to thank Karen Forster for
publishing Murat Yildirimoglu's letter
and responding appropriately to
it. The whole time I was reading his
letter, I was thinking, "Vista and
Longhorn address every one of his
concerns." It was great to read
Karen giving the same answer. Yes,
Karen, Bill probably doesn't read
Windows IT Pro very much, but
those of us who actually manage
the technology do!