First of the coverage rolls in...

The new features may help IBM hold on to customers in the corporate e-mail market, which generated sales of $2.47 billion last year, according to Matt Cain, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut.

``Lotus Notes 8 offers a new level of sophistication from a development perspective, and this is something that large enterprises will be interested in,'' Cain said.  ...

 IBM spent two years developing the new Lotus Notes and tested it with 30,000 businesses around the world, said Mike Rhodin, general manager of Lotus software, in an interview.

The software supports multiple operating systems, unlike Outlook, which just works with Windows, Rhodin said. ``It gives IBM an advantage because Microsoft's products don't run there,'' he said.
Link: Bloomberg: IBM Introduces New Lotus Notes Software, Challenging Microsoft  >

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