The Globe reports on yesterday's IBM announcement...

oftware industry watchers said that introducing ODF to millions of Lotus Notes users might quickly establish it as a major alternative to the Microsoft document standard.

''When you're trying to get a standard started, the biggest problem is to get a lot of that standard out and people using it," Wohl said. The size of the Lotus Notes user base ''gives you a real kickstart in the marketplace."

Anne McFarland, director of data strategies and information solutions at Clipper Group in Wellesley, called IBM's move ''a really interesting challenge to the hegemony of Microsoft."
Link: Boston Globe: Lotus Notes gets upgrade >

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