Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: A look at Lotus Notes Links in Outlook 2007

I recently started testing Microsoft Office 2007 to identify the possibility of the new office suite from Microsoft being rolled out to the business.

Since my last posts were in regards to the Lotus Notes links in Outlook 2003 I thought I’d check whether Outlook 2007 has addressed the issue with the Lotus Notes client being launched when opening emails with Notes document/database links embedded in the message.

My test machine had Lotus Notes 6.5.5 client and Outlook 2007 configured with an Exchange profile. I sent several emails from a Notes mailbox to my test profile in Outlook 2007.

Before I opened the message I closed the Notes client. Then I went back to the Outlook 2007 inbox and proceeded to open the email. To my amazement the message was displayed immediately and the Notes client didn’t launch.

Further investigation indicated that the Notes DocLinks (OLE objects) are not even active. That is I couldn’t even click on the objects to open the documents/database the Notes links are pointing to.

Windows XP Outlook 2007 Lotus Notes link
Note: Hyperlink…is greyed out. However the URL links are still active. This is a further implementation over Outlook 2003.

I did a bit of fiddling around and identified to get the Notes DocLinks to work you will need to (while on the message) click on Other Options->Edit Message

Once I did this the Notes DocLinks hyperlink were activated. And clicking on the Notes Doclinks opened the document it was pointing to whenI double clicked on it.

I rather Outlook not invoke the Notes clients when opening a message with embedded Notes links. And Outlook 2007 certainly provides this solution.

Unfortunately there are many more testings to be completed and to be passed before Outlook 2007 gets the green tick to roll out to the business.

Related posts:

  1. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: A look at Lotus Notes Links in Outlook 2003 – Part II
  2. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: Access Lotus Notes Links in Outlook 2003 – Part I
  3. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to send Lotus Notes Database links from Outlook – Part I
  4. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: Lotus Notes Document Link Creator for Outlook
  5. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to Transfer Lotus Notes Contacts to Outlook

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