Keep us updated what apps that you use (3rd party or IBM) (i.e. productivity, email, communications, and development) or are installed on your laptop and whether they just use the built in email app etc.
Does everyone at IBM still use Lotus Notes across the board? It has been probably 15 years since I was forced to use it last - and it might have improved.... and there was ERP integration for entering time customized into it (which I have commented was a step back because of the time it took to do the entry)..... but with the widespread use of web portals I would have thought the "customized" forms etc. would have been replaced in many workplaces with web pages/portals... and Lotus Notes was not exactly a light application (i.e. it was sluggish - but 15 years the speed boosts on computers might have helped). As I noted before I am not a big fan of dumping all sorts of functionality into one application just because you can. Hopefully IBM learns the good things from Apple (re app creation) and not the bad (iTunes ).
I had not realized until a month ago that IBM discontinued their productivity applications.... So I guess MS Word/Excel are common across the board at IBM (which are among Microsoft's better efforts).
Apple does have the built in Cisco client, but it is not the one we use at our company now -- it is one installed from the vpn web login page (they emailed me the client the first time - and it did not work - then realized I just had to go to the webpage.... IT sent me an old copy by email ).
I do have a soft spot in my heart for IBM (even though I really really would not like to work there - one short time is long enough - a company I worked at was swallowed) dating back to my childhood (35ish years ago) and hope that they are able to transition into a company that can actually learn to develop better applications (though I gather they are focused on services).
Thanks for the update.