Microsoft Zeros In on Lotus
A cadre of former Lotus software employees is leading a reinvigorated push at Microsoft Corp. to lure Lotus customers to .Net with new products and services.A cadre of former Lotus software employees is leading a reinvigorated push at Microsoft Corp. to lure Lotus customers to .Net with new products and services. Over the next six to eight months, the Redmond, Wash., company plans to roll out a series of initiatives, including a tool kit, due this summer, that allows Domino developers to create Notes- and Domino-based Web services using Microsoft development tools such as Visual Studio .Net and Visual Basic. The effort is the latest by Microsoft to seize what some view as an opportunity left open by the IBM division, based in Cambridge, Mass., as it nudges Lotus developers to Lotus Workplacean IBM WebSphere-based development platform. Lotus introduced the platform a year ago.
"Given IBMs strategy for Workplace, a lot of Lotus customers are going to be taking advantage of the opportunity to re-evaluate their investments," said Jim Bernardo, lead product manager for Microsoft Exchange.