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NewsForge: 'Exchange Killers' Are Successfully Stalking Microsoft Messaging

Aug 10, 2006, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"A few years ago, small open source-based companies that dared to challenge Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes in the corporate email and collaboration server marketplace got 'David challenges Goliath, isn't that special?' stories written about them. Now, open source messaging and collaboration software providers are a normal part of the IT business landscape. And, according to OpenXchange Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy Dan Kusnetzky, their products' acceptance is increasing steadily--and not just among hard-core GNU/Linux and open source devotees.

"Indeed, Kusnetzky recalls, when OpenXchange exhibited at the 2006 Boston LinuxWorld conference as part of the IBM mega-booth there, the company only had 11 people stop by and talk to them. But at the National Educational Computing Conference in July, 2006, they had about 400 booth visitors, and at least 10% of them were immediate sales prospects..."

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