Duff wonders why Microsoft seems surprised to not be exhibiting at Lotusphere
saw that Microsoft was not granted a booth for Lotusphere this year, and
to that I say... way to go, IBM! I have a hard time with the
fact that Microsoft wants to have a booth with the stated purpose to help
Notes developers integrate Notes and .Net technology. I don't have
a problem with integrating those things, but I have a significant issue
when it's Microsoft that's doing it.
The discussion that
has ensued is almost more interesting than the original thought. I've
left a few comments there, but let me summarize:
- Microsoft's not exhibiting at Lotusphere.
However, as has been true for many years, they will have several
attendees at the event. And no, we won't be putting red badges on
them as we did a few years ago :)
- Lotus and Microsoft integration = good.
That's why people like John Head are speaking about it during the
conference. That's why vendors are exhibiting their integration tools.
- Windows is indeed a prevailing platform
for Domino servers (and of course Notes clients). That's not what
the discussion is about.
- This isn't personal, really, but I do
resent characterizations that IBM is doing something evil. As Bob
Balaban commented on Tom's site, business is business. I happen to
know who made the decision around Microsoft exhibiting at Lotusphere, and
think the process by which this decision was made was a very solid one.
Originally by Ed Brill from Ed Brill on December 14, 2005, 5:47am