Hmmm, I seem to have stirred things up today...

Some accounts made it sound like these hires--most recently Julio Estrada and Bob Congdon, along with earlier recruits ( Gary Devendorf,  Barry Briggs, and others) were poached directly from the IBM/Lotus payroll.

Such is not the case (well except for Congdon, who most recently worked on Workplace Designer and left IBM directly for Redmond.) ...
Okay. May I just point out that the CRN story didn't make such direct-poaching claims??? (After all, if folks want to work someplace cool, don't they just go to Google now?)
Darrow then goes on to examine what it all means.  FWIW, I've heard rumors that one of these people didn't actually join the Exchange team, but went elsewhere within Microsoft.  Anyway, that would explain:
A longtime Exchange partner begs to differ: "I don't see Exchange going back to collaboration. Microsoft can't be that stupid," he quipped.
Link: Barbara Darrow Unblog: IBM-Microsoft Hiring Tit-For-Tat  >

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