"In the ongoing battle between Domino/Notes and Exchange,
crossplatform operation is one of Lotus's main claims to fame. In
the new R6, Lotus's collaborative software no longer runs on Novell
NetWare servers or Windows 3.1, IBM 0S/2 Warp, or UNIX clients.
Lotus has added lots of new functionality across all of the
remaining supported OS's. Administrators will find, though, that
features aren't always consistent across Windows and Macintosh
clients, or across Windows, UNIX and Linux servers.
"As many analysts see it, Lotus's ability to support platforms
such as Linux, AIX, Solaris, OS/390 and OS/400 stands Lotus in good
stead versus Microsoft Exchange.
"'IBM's ability to sell combinations of Lotus and other IBM
software products--including WebSphere (which now includes
K-Station for knowledge management), Tivoli, DB2 and Mindspan -
along with its hardware and professional services, puts the vendor
in the enviable position of being a one-stop shop for complex
computing environments,' according to a recent report from
International Data Corp. (IDC)..."
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