Microsoft has acquired Mesa Group, which helps users migrate away from Lotus Notes, bringing its groupware rival under new pressure.
On the same day that Novell cut prices of its own groupware product, Groupwise, to attract Lotus users, the IBM division saw Microsoft buying up privately owned Mesa specifically for its Notes-to-Exchange migration tools and services.
The Mesa products enable Notes and Exchange to coexist, with integrated messaging and functions, while customers migrate. Its flagship software, Application Assessment and Planning (Asap) provides an audit of Notes databases and applications, and recommends whether, and how, each should be moved to Exchange.
Asap and other Mesa tools will now be sold as part of the Exchange portfolio, under the Microsoft brand. They join migration gateways that Microsoft acquired with Linkage last year, which give coexistence and migration for Exchange and older, host based email systems.
The Mesa products will be available free to Exchange 5.5 users from next month.
Founder Eric Schultz and his team are expected to relocate from Newton, Massachusetts to Microsoft headquarters near Seattle, but will all be retained if they are prepared to move. No financial terms were disclosed.
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