Lotus US poaches MS Office users

Lotus is trying to poach Microsoft Office Select customers in the US with an aggressive SmartSuite competitive upgrade offer, but denied it is a worldwide policy.

Users of Office Select (the enterprise version of Office) wanting to upgrade will be encouraged by Lotus to jump ship to SmartSuite at a reduced price, to a product that offers support for MS Office file formats and a Word Menu Help Expert that converts Word functions to Lotus Word Pro.

"It's a US-specific strategy," said Pam Mills, Lotus UK's SmartSuite '97 product manager. "There are no plans for this in the UK."

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