A wide-ranging interview with Hewlett-Packard's Tony Redmond.  Redmond is Vice President and CTO for HP's services unit, and he's apparently still quite hands-on with the MS collaboration tools.
Over the years, he has been the source of much of my good competitive information about Microsoft Exchange.  At one point, he dedicated his column in Windows 2000 Magazine to personally attacking me and my credibility, all because I used some of the information from his MS Exchange Conference presentation in a competitive document on lotus.com/compare.  The hallway conversation after one of his sessions at MEC 2000 was even more enjoyable, as he had opened the session with a request that anyone from Lotus attending "meet him out back", OK Corral style.  At the last MS Exchange conference, in Anaheim a year ago, Redmond gave a great session on disaster recovery in Exchange -- it was the most well-attended session of the entire conference (This article on IDoNotes's blog probably explains why -- even Redmond's own employer recommends throwing lots of hardware at the Exchange reliability challenge).
Ah, those were the days.  We're all kinder and gentler now, but Tony still has some good nuggets in this interview with SearchWin2000's Margie Semilof.

People assume that if they are an Exchange 5.5 administrator, that they will be a great Exchange 2000 administrator. They are not. They must be trained and acquainted with a new operating system, and with new third-party products....
I think Exchange public folders were not successful in any shape or form. Microsoft had several false starts there, especially with the APIs and workflow. ...
It's too early to say anything about [Office Live Communications Server]. [Microsoft is] up against some heavyweights in the market, including [open source] Jabber and IBM Lotus. Apart from that, look at Conferencing Server in Exchange Server. It's been dropped. Microsoft is focused on Exchange being an e-mail server.
Tony has always been a straight shooter -- he's not reversing any previous opinion where he tried to proclaim Exchange as a good collaboration platform.  He's always been about the mail, and its obvious that this focus continues.
Link: SearchWin2000: Exchange expert details the 'power of three' >

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