IBM announced LinkedIn
sidebar widgets for Lotus Notes 8 today. These are the first two in a planned series of widgets closely integrated into the Notes 8 interface. Widgets such as these ones can provide a nice productivity boost in Notes by mashing together tools or websites that you use frequently into a single view. No more (or not as much) clicking around to different windows to get the information you need.
Chris Toohey of Domino Guru has done a nice job of reviewing the new widgets
. Recommended reading for a closer look at the benefits.