Tom Duff called it

February 11 2006

Several weeks ago, I linked to Tom Duff's comments regarding Microsoft's non-presence in the Lotusphere 2006 product showcase.  At the time, we had lots of voices from Redmond tell me that Lotus wasn't doing the right thing for mutual customers, that the mission was around coexistence and interoperability, not migration.  

Two observations have been made in recent days that seem to expose the trojan horse for what I said it was.  First, Ben Langhinrichs noted that Microsoft seems to have a self-serving definition of the word "coexistence".  Second, my blogdigger feeds today caught this entry from Microsoft's James Conrad.  He describes his new role at Microsoft, managing a team of evangelists.  One mission in particular seems telling:

Lotus Notes Migration (Gary Devendorf)
That seems to settle that.  It does for Tom as well:
But can we now officially cut the kumbaya crap about just wanting to help us Domino developers out?  Your job is evangelizing Notes migration.  You work for Microsoft now, not Lotus.  And if you represent Microsoft in any official capacity at an event, you also represent their position.   Regardless of what you might want us to believe (or what *you* personally believe) otherwise...
Rich picked this up on as well.

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