Well this is a very odd Notes-is-dead response to Mike Altendorf's previous column condemning Notes in the pages of CIO.co.uk:

In the early days of Notes I thought it was amazing technology, way ahead of its time. When people were talking about knowledge management and collaboration it was the platform to use. But Lotus never built a robust messaging engine. It bought cc:Mail and planned to include it in Notes but never did. In fact, both cc:Mail and Network Courier's mail program that was acquired by Microsoft got rewritten, but all the mail programs of that time were written for single server mailboxes or multiple mailboxes within a corporation. Nobody thought about the impact the internet would have on worldwide communications.

Although a bit clunky, Microsoft Exchange let companies roll out a global messaging system and one directory from day one, and it became very successful. Today, SharePoint is not the best portal on the market and never has been, but SharePoint has caught on because it's easy enough for departments to set up and get to work on. As a result, people love it. Notes was a great product but I'm not making it up when I say that many firms are moving off Notes. When I go around clients, most Notes users say they find it expensive and hard to operate and want to move off it.
Again, as with the last time, Altendorf fails to disclose his affiliation with Conchango, an organization that specializes in Notes to Exchange migration.  Isn't it a bit of a "duh" that his clients (however many there may be) are of the mind to migrate off Notes?

I also have to say I was surprised at this bit:
This could hurt Microsoft if it is not successful in morphing Exchange to its Live cloud services, but it understands this. After all, Microsoft bought Groove Networks to get access to Ray Ozzie as the successor to Bill Gates. Ozzie and his brother Jack are having a profound effect on the way software is developed at Microsoft and they are not people who love big, stove-piped applications.
Not really sure what to make of this column overall.  It's kind of all over the place.

Link: CIO.co.uk: Mike Altendorf: Notes, your time is up > (Thanks, Norm)

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