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Microsoft Makes It Easier for Organizations to Transition to Sharepoint from Lotus Notes

New resources personalize platform and simplify transition from Lotus Notes/Domino.

More than ever, organizations worldwide are investing in Microsoft Corp.’s platform for unified communications and collaboration, and they now have an easier way to make the transition with a new set of tools and resources for their IT administrators and employees.

Today, Microsoft announced new tools that will help IBM Lotus Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the new unified communication and collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently released Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 technologies. These resources include a new suite of tools for managing transitions of IBM’s directory, messaging and application solutions, as well as new templates for SharePoint Products and Technologies, which make it even easier for IT professionals to roll out customized applications for common business scenarios. Together these tools are making it easier for IBM customers to manage transitions to and start experiencing the benefits of Microsoft’s modern, integrated platform, which increases organizational productivity, streamlines business processes, and reduces IT cost and complexity.

“With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office system with SharePoint Server 2007, and solutions such as the next generation of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server in the pipeline, I’m convinced we will continue to see strong adoption of our comprehensive platform in the coming year,” said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft. “Our clear road map and product innovation are helping customers say yes to Microsoft.”

Customers Make the Move to Microsoft: More and more companies worldwide are making the strategic business decision to move to Microsoft’s unified communication and collaboration platform because of its integrated set of capabilities as well as new innovations including support for wikis, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, blogs, social networking tools, unified messaging and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) integration. Microsoft represented 52 percent of the integrated collaborative environments market revenue in 2005, and experienced double-digit growth year over year the two years before (indicating 2004 and 2003), according to analyst firm IDC.

Customers such as Community Bank, Foley Equipment Co. and Lee Enterprises have made Microsoft their platform of choice because of its ability to enable people to work together more productively and effectively, and strengthen business processes.

“Over the last several years our mobile work force has grown significantly and with that we needed a communication and collaboration platform that could adapt to our unique needs,” said Karen Pollock, information technology manager at Foley Equipment Company, a leading Midwest Caterpillar dealership servicing the construction, agriculture, truck engine, and power generation fields since 1942. “We decided to move from IBM Lotus Notes/Domino to the Microsoft platform due to its ability to allow our employees to collaborate without walls while also reducing the administration burden to our IT staff.”

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