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January 17, 2006

Microsoft Announces New Migration Tools for Notes Customers

Posted by David Hunter at 10:32 AM ET.

As had been rumored, Microsoft launched some new tools for migrating customers from IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino email and collaboration system to Microsoft’s Exchange Server and Windows Sharepoint Services. Cut to the press release:

As part of its broader strategy to make it easier for Lotus Notes/Domino organizations to move to the Microsoft collaboration platform, Microsoft Corp. today announced a suite of new and updated tools to help organizations analyze their Notes/Domino application environment and move important application data to Microsoft’s collaboration platform. These tools, which will be available for free download, include the Microsoft® Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Domino, Microsoft Data Migrator 2006 for Lotus Domino, and new Windows® SharePoint® Services Application Templates.

All of the above won’t be available until later in the year.

In addition, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of updated messaging and calendaring migration and coexistence tools, available now for free download, that include Exchange Connector for Lotus Notes/Domino, Exchange Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes/Domino and Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes/Domino. Microsoft continues to be the collaboration platform of choice with hundreds of companies worldwide, such as Arcelor, First Data Corp. and Wolters Kluwer, making the decision to move in the past six months. Leading industry analyst firm IDC has also identified Microsoft as the market leader in Integrated Collaborative Environments, with a 51 percent share, a 10 percent distance over its nearest competitor based on 2004 revenue.

The migration tools are (or will be) available for download here. Some commentary:

“The only mystery here is what took them so long,” Gartner analyst Matt Cain said. “They’ve had a bunch of migration tools out there for a long time and they haven’t been revised in ages.”

Microsoft and IBM have been aggressively targeting one another in a variety of areas. Chairman Bill Gates recently characterized IBM as Microsoft’s biggest rival in an interview with Reuters. CEO Steve Ballmer also painted a target on the Lotus Notes customer base at last year’s partner conference, saying it was “ripe to be plucked.”

On the e-mail side, Cain noted that most businesses already have e-mail server software, meaning that IBM and Microsoft are of necessity battling to swipe one another’s customers.

“There’s not a lot of ‘green field’ accounts out there,” he said. “If you want to grow market share, you have to take it from a competitor.”

Hit the link for more, but the tools aren’t really adequate for migrating a complex Notes/Domino deployment, so grabbing these customers is a doubly tough grind. There’s also more commentary here.

Filed under Coopetition, Exchange, IBM, OS - Server, Servers, Windows SharePoint Services

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    [...] The press release is here and last’s year’s Microsoft effort to rain on the Lotus party was discussed here, but this seems to be merely an update. [...]

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