Microsoft launched its habitual pre-emptive strike at Lotusphere Sunday with updated tools to ease migration from Domino/Notes to Exchange Server/SharePoint.

The tools, partially an upgraded version of last year's model will be available as free downloads over the next 30 days. ...

One goal of this offering is to analyze existing Domino applications and assess how difficult they will be to move to Microsoft's stack, namely Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 foundation, Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2007.

Solution providers say moving data and mailboxes from one system to another is relatively straightforward but migrating actual applications can be a bear.

"This [tool] is similar to what we did last year but it was not integrated last year and now has a common user interface and [offers] a better overall experience for IT professionals managing a transition," said Elisa Graffeo, group product manager of collaboration and portals for Microsoft .
Which means what exactly?  Oh, right, she couldn't come straight out and say "yeah, it's our fifth try, but really, these are gonna work!"

I think it's fair to assume this "updated" tool performs about as well as last year's "Red _______".  See all the details on that one here.

Link: CRN: Microsoft Re-Ups On Domino Migration Tools >

Update: The press release is now live on Microsoft's website.

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