In a post on the Microsoft Unified Communications Team Blog titled, "Don't Be the Last Company on Notes," Microsoft Senior Director of Exchange Product Management Julia White cites an internal research study from last year that confirms Exchange's market dominance in the large enterprise to the tune of 73 percent share. In second place with 7 percent, she says, is Lotus Notes.
Of course, when Microsoft reports its own statistics, The VAR Guy's hype alarm goes off. And there is the caveat that Microsoft's numbers only include enterprises with more than 500 seats -- which ignores the smaller enterprises that are the bread-and-butter of cloud service providers like Google Apps or even BlueTie. All the same, White claims that more than 20 million Lotus Notes messages have been migrated to Microsoft Exchange over the last five years.
Every day this week until Lotusphere - which is taking place Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Orlando - White plans to highlight enterprises that made that switch, and praise the Microsoft partners who helped migrate Lotus users to the Exchange platform. It's also worth noting that Microsoft hit that 73 percent market share in part due to the efforts of hosted Microsoft Exchange providers such as Intermedia and Apptix -- it hasn't all been from direct sales and BPOS.
But between the buzz around the launch of Microsoft Office 365, and with upstarts like Google Apps going after the Lotus installed base as well, The VAR Guy wonders whether White has a point when she says 2011 marks the end of the line for IBM Lotus Notes.
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