Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly is writing a five-part series on Collaboration Loop about Lotusphere 2006...

With Lotusphere 2006, IBM made it resoundingly clear that the future of Notes is indeed Notes.  The Hannover version of Notes, expected during 2007 (after wide beta testing in 2006) will have complete application compatibility with earlier releases of Notes (going back to late 1989, when Notes 1.0 was released) as well as a familiar experience for both users and developers, but it will be built on Eclipse.org-derived rich client technology (as will Sametime 7.5, expected during mid-2006), giving Notes its most significant user interface update in a decade.  ...

To recap, the future of Notes, as recently as three years ago, was a fairly dismal projection, essentially relegated to a plug-in shim to enable limited Notes application integration for the Workplace client (Notes forms and views, to be precise).  With Lotusphere 2006, IBM has made it very clear that the Notes client is still its central focus for communication/collaboration, and that IBM is investing accordingly in development, marketing, and sales.
For sure, I like that part about investing accordingly in sales. ;)

Link: Collaboration Loop: Lotusphere 2006 Impressions: The Future of Notes is...Notes  >

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