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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

NorthSeas Announces Pay-as-You-Go E-mail Archiving

Messaging & Collaboration

Kaspersky Lab releases beta versions of new corporate product range  

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Pinger Rethinks Mobile Communications, Integrating Instant Messaging, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Calling And Texting into One Simple Menu
Pinger Phone Now Available on iPhone--Integrates Instant Messaging and Social Networking Deeply into the Basic Phone Experience--Supports AIM, Yahoo! IM, MSN IM, and Google Talk IM Networks

ProjExec Named Best TOTAL Lotus Software Solution  

Nokia's Mail on Ovi public beta goes 'live' around the world
More than 110 million Nokia mobile phone users can now set up their own Ovi email account directly on their phones

Orchestria. We're hearing rumors that Orchestria is close to a deal to be acquired. If anyone has further information, please post here or if you prefer, e.g., for anonymity, contact me at +1 415 367 3436 or email david.ferris@ferris.com.
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Microsoft Exchange Online Won't Particularly Facilitate Notes-to-Exchange Migration

The November 17 announcement of Microsoft Exchange Online included a case study in which a company migrated away from Notes using Microsoft Exchange Online. This is mainly marketing gloss.

Microsoft has been announcing the death of Notes for five years. Ferris survey data indicates that in the enterprise, Microsoft and IBM/Lotus are on the whole maintaining their penetration. There is a small amount of churn in both directions as a result of a mergers and acquisitions.

The dilemma for Notes shops is that it is just too hard to migrate all but the most basic "out of the box" Notes applications to SharePoint. Thus even those Notes shops that wish to migrate to Exchange plus SharePoint often find it too costly or too risky to proceed.

The cost of Microsoft's Business Productivity Suite Online at $15 (or less) per user per month does reduce both the initial cost, and more importantly, the wasted costs if migration doesn't proceed. Ferris, therefore, expects to see a rash of pilot Notes migrations to Microsoft's Online offerings. Whether these will progress beyond the trial stage, only time will tell. We suspect that many of them will not. ... Nick Shelness



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