Once upon a time alphaWorks at IBM had created a proof-of-concept product called NotesBuddy. It allowed you to access your Notes mail without loading the Notes client. ***It could even READ YOUR MAIL AND SAMETIME CHATS TO YOU***
It was only 6MB in size, worked with your personal POP mail too and it NEVER CRASHED.
IBM threw it away.
When I asked about it in the Meet the Developers session at Lotusphere, the developers were at a loss for words. It's like "Who Killed the Electric Car." Check this out: http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/notesbuddy Where IBM says"NotesBuddy has been the most-downloaded technology from alphaWorks every month for over five years, with several hundred thousand downloads in the past few years." and this "As graded by the user community, NotesBuddy was among the highest-ranked technologies on alphaWorks, with a score of 4.45 out of 5.0. Overall satisfaction was consistently high at 84%. NotesBuddy had the highest amount of feedback from the community, with 2824 evaluation surveys completed in one year alone." In my opinion, it is the Outlook Killer - small, simple, fast, reliable, nothin' but mail (and IM).
Several Hundred Thousand downloads. (300,000+)
Throwing it away could be the second biggest product blunder of IBM ever (Declining to own DOS was obviously the biggest)
Every Lotus professional should be demanding this software be reborn.