Coverage from the first day of Lotusphere.

"For the record, there is no architectural shift involved [for Notes/Domino], it is pure growth with no regression," said [Lotus General Manager Mike] Rhodin. "There will be continued support for all Notes applications."

Rhodin and IBM/Lotus executives also took a more aggressive stand in an on-going competition with Microsoft, often calling out the vendor during the general session keynote for its perceived shortcomings in product and delivery schedules.

"We have been the leader for 15 years, and I have no intention of backing down," Rhodin said later at a press conference.

Analysts say Lotus's spunk is born from heat applied by Microsoft, which is aggressively building out it collaboration platform on the back of Office and real-time collaboration tools.

"I was struck that Lotus feels very threatened by Microsoft," said David Ferris, president of Ferris Research. Ferris said that Lotus, however, is infusing Notes/Domino with enough new and upgraded features that users who defect to Microsoft should feel like they are missing out.
Not sure if David is going to make my session in the morning, but for the record, I'm not feeling threatened.  The gloves are off.  I do like the thought that anyone who moves away from Lotus is missing out, though...

Link: Network World: Lotus lays out its future at Lotusphere kick-off >

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