During the recent Lotusphere Comes to You tour, IBM's Ken Bisconti spoke with ComputerWorld New Zealand about the Notes/Domino marketplace...

"Lotus Notes has 40,000 active customers across the world, and any idea that Notes is dead is a dead idea," says Ken Bisconti, vice president of IBM Workplace, portal and collaboration products.
Ken covers the core messages for Notes "Hannover", the 2007 release:
Notes Hannover will have a brand new user interface, with improvements in all the core, mail, calendar and contact management applications, he says. It will also have support for applications outside the traditional Notes programming model, for example Java and Eclipse applications.

"This means that from a Notes application you could directly connect a SAP, a Siebel, a custom Java or even a .net application inside of a Notes environment," says Bisconti.
And some defensive positioning...
When asked about rumours that Notes is going to disappear Bisconti is blunt.

"Frankly, those are rumours started by Microsoft.  Their competitive tactic is to try to convince customers that Notes is not being invested in. They have been doing that for a couple of years now, and looking fairly foolish, because they made pronouncements that Notes 7 would be the last release of Notes that Lotus ever shipped. Recently I heard [Steve] Ballmer [CEO of Microsoft] being quoted saying that maybe we are going to build Notes Hannover ... 'But I bet they'll never deliver it'. They are looking a little bit foolish ... when the Notes business alone grew 10% last year."

Microsoft New Zealand declined to comment on the issue.
Microsoft declined to comment?  Kind of rare to see them speechless, why just this morning on a webcast, they were talking about the Lotus community "giving [them] a hard time..."

The rest of the article covers Workplace integration, WebSphere Portal 6, SOA, and Sametime.

Link: Computerworld New Zealand: IBM won't let Notes die, despite rumour-mongering > (a Domino website :-))
Update 18 April: The same article now appears in Computerworld Australia.

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