Email of the future arrived today – and Microsoft got left behind

NORWAY: – Just as I predicted! Today email became a social collaboration tool, and not just email. The future of email is here today and those of you who still believe that email is email and documents are documents, sorry. You are standing on the platform while the train is leaving! And the locomotive in front of that train is named IBM.

Today IBM announced email as one of many integrated applications in a true social business. And those of you who have predicted that Lotus Notes is dead will notice that the shit just hit the fan! Lotus Notes and Domino will still be around for many years to come and now also in a new social flavour called IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Social Edition.

Today IBM also announced IBM Connections Mail where email becomes an integrated part of your intranet so you can use email from wherever you are in your workspace either as an embedded email application or as part of an activity stream.

And what you do with your laptop or desktop, you can of course do with an iPad or any mobile device – including Windows Mobile!

Even office productivity applications like document editing – text, spreadsheets and presentations – will be embedded in your workspace. You will not need to install an expensive office suite on your PC any more. It is right there on the intranet! Even document sharing will be easier and social.

As some of the presenters said today:

– Sharepoint is the documents coffin!

– IBM Social Email will outlive Outlook!

Microsoft really have to watch out as they do not catch it – the world is moving out of the silos and into the integrated social world. So if you plan to stick with Microsoft you will be left behind!


  1. Lotus is coffin and has been for years in the US. Wow do you really expect MS house to go back to IBM. Sharepoint is more then document storage and it store component called team sites AMA Quickr will eventual evolve but MS is further ahead then IBM in the social world as it applies to Business and not Quasi Facebook usage like Connections. Lotuspherians do not get it and will always be on the train that needs to stop and wait for more track to be built in front of them. Go ask any highschool kid if they have ever used an lotus product and they will say What?


    1. Here we go again! And again there are only viewpoints and feelings, but no facts. So, Microsoft is further ahead than IBM in the Social Business? OK, thats your view, but it’s not a fact. Did you ever try any IBM collaborative solutions? Guess not. Does Microsoft applications run on any other OS than Windows? Guess not.

      Please watch the Lotusphere 2012 Opening Session on the internet when the replay is published. Then come back and repeat your arguments that Microsoft is social and IBM not. Please do that. Because then you will have facts behind your arguments – and not feelings, myths and belief.

      Please feel free to stay put on the platform when the train has left. It’s a free world.


    2. There is a reason why school kids have not heard of IBM, its for Business, How many school kids run a business?. Ask them if they have heard of Sharepoint server, you will get the same answer. So dont be dumb. IBM is 3 times bigger than MS, in fact MS uses lots of IBM products. Just for 1, in the X-box it uses IBM chips.

      I have not seen any anouncements from MS that it has any real form of Social Business systems. Yes the New Connections has a Facebook feel about it, may be thats just a good way of doing it.

      You really are a bigot and self opionated with out any real facts. What IBM anounced is here now today. Please tell us what equilivant MS products are here today?


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