January 15 2009
If you remember that, a sense of deja vu prevails for now -- and watch for more on Monday...
IBM has announced its intent to acquire the strategic messaging service assets of Outblaze, Ltd., a privately held provider of online messaging and collaboration services, based in Hong Kong. Building on IBM Lotus' market leadership in messaging software, the asset acquisition will accelerate the delivery of affordable, Web-based e-mail services in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. ...Link: IBM Announces Intent to Acquire Outblaze's E-Mail Service Assets >
The Outblaze messaging service will be part of IBM Lotus' Project "Bluehouse." "Bluehouse" is IBM's online social networking and collaboration service designed for business and currently in open beta (http://bluehouse.lotus.com). "Bluehouse" helps people work together more quickly and easily beyond the boundaries of their organizations. Within the service people can share files, chat, participate in online meetings and network over the Web.