More in-depth coverage of last month's Notes "Hannover" announcement:

The activity-centric computing is perhaps the biggest change. It allows users to organize data from multiple sources into a single project or activity. For example, a user could collect e-mail threads, chat logs, documents and online workspace data into an activity and invite users to share that information or subsets of that information. An "Activity" tab within the client allows users to look at those activities in a single pane.

There might be that value, but according to experts it is no coincidence that the introduction of Hannover and its proposed ship date, in late 2006 or early 2007, coincides with Microsoft's planned release of Office 12 and Longhorn client, which is a cornerstone for real-time collaboration services, component-based application delivery and support for contextual collaboration.

"Microsoft is continuing a strategy of putting more client interfaces in front of their end users," Bisconti says. "We don't think this is the method of achieving productivity gains and improving the way people work."

So while Hannover represents a major investment for IBM/Lotus to update and upgrade its Notes client, it also signals a new round in its battle with Microsoft, one which started over messaging servers but now includes the fight to provide a powerful client to support service-oriented computing environments.
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