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Peter O'Kelly of analyst firm Burton Group said the user interface would be given its "most significant update since Notes 4" and added that the inclusion of the productivity applications would be a boon for companies with desktop estates spanning Windows, Macintosh and Linux.

"Today, users are accustomed to blogs, instant messaging and Wikis and they're overwhelmed by email so they're more receptive to new approaches," O'Kelly said.
Although Microsoft Outlook and Exchange lead in enterprise messaging, O'Kelly said that the Notes upgrade will help Lotus protect its strong position in collaboration.

"I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that Microsoft SharePoint will overtake Notes and [competition between Microsoft and Lotus should ensure] a phenomenal year for corporate customers," he said.
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