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.
Written by Marc Ambasna Jones, Contributor

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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