I read this article just before dinner last night, but hadn't had a chance to respond.  Steve Gillmor, writing on ZDNet:

"The big problem for Bill and Ray is that the other team can call audibles at the line of scrimmage and run a 2-minute offense from kickoff. Ironically, that's why Ozzie's the right man in the right job. When IBM dumped his architecture to move to Websphere, Ray dumped Notes. Now IBM and Sun are hawking hairball replacements when chunks of XML are the real simple solution. Allchin won the war. Now Ray can win the peace."
Peter O'Kelly captured one of the reactions I had, and then did it one better:
Hey Steve -- fun essay, but FYI WebSphere didn't exist when Ray Ozzie left IBM during October, 1997, and, in case you haven't checked recently, the Notes architecture hasn't exactly been dumped -- indeed, it's resurgent within IBM's software portfolio. Meanwhile, WebSphere is the leading commercial J2EE platform. IBM is doing well, even if you think they're insufficiently zealous about XML.
Steve Gillmor, readers will recall, is the journalist who has written that "Notes is dead" several times -- though in the two years since he last wrote those exact words, the Notes business is growing double digits, ND6 was adopted by a record high percentage of customers, we celebrated Notes' 15th anniversary since shipping, and Notes/Domino 7 has shipped.  

So, Steve, as Peter points out, Ray didn't "dump Notes".  I'm surprised that you remember it this way -- since at the time, you were writing content for the Lotus Developer Network website.  I'm pleased to see Ozzie take on such an important role at Microsoft, but I don't think it has anything to do with the circumstances under which he chose to start Groove Networks.

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