Yes, readers, it's true -- right alongside quotes from articles by Reuters, eWeek,CRN, and other news publications, a series of quotes from bloggers about Lotusphere 2006 are being shown on the main screen as we lead up to the start of the closing session (and during Surjit's presentation as well!):

Paul Mooney (from )
"There is no architectural shift in moving to the new version.. none at all. This is progression.  There will be no rip and replace to upgrade, and backward comparability will be standard (as it always is).  The upcoming Notes clients will be managed centrally, by administrators."

Declan Lynch (from )
"The new Hannover client. At the moment all I can say is WOW. it looks great and seems to be pretty fast.  this looks like a product that end users will finally be very very happy to use."

Ben Poole (from: )
"Personally, I have been blown-away by what IBM are doing with Workplace, and more specifically, the managed client technology found therein. I've been following all this stuff since just before version 2.0 came out, and each leap forward has been a quantum one."

Warren Elsmore:  (From )
"Sametime connectivity with AIM, ICQ, Apple iChat, Yahoo! IM and Google Talk - "This is huge" - oh yesss....... this is very, very huge! No additional cost, and if I understand correctly - it's server side. "

Chris Miller: (From: )
"Sessions - packed to overflow and closed capacity.  Reminds me of days of old.  You had to fight to get in early and have a seat.  Rooms went to overflow so you could hear and not see the presenter.  It is back! "

Richard Schwartz (From: )
All Notes apps will run in Hannover. All Notes apps will run in Hannover. All Notes apps will run in Hannover. All Notes apps will run in Hannover. We get it, but keep repeating. It would be incredibly cool to show a Notes 1 app running in Hannover.
Did you get a pair of those yellow boxing gloves?  I know they were tough to come by -- sold out on Monday!  Good news -- you might win some during the closing session, or you can bid on this ebay auction!

Oh -- and you're about to read/here something else -- for the first time, Lotus is announcing a multi-year commitment to future Lotuspheres.  See you here again next year -- January 21 to 25, 2007.  "And we'll be here for many more Lotuspheres to come."  Yes!

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