The increasingly bitter war of words between Lotus and Netscape escalated again this week when Lotus published a series of counterclaims to what it called "misleading statements" from Netscape.
The posting - 'Twelve Myths In Search Of A Competitive Position' - details a series of claims allegedly made by Netscape officials about Lotus? Domino technology and issues rebuttals and counterclaims to them all.
The site includes a statement from Lotus that "In recent weeks and months, spokespersons for Netscape have consistently misrepresented Lotus products in written materials and public forums.While we welcome competition, we believe it is important to compete in a factual context."
The two companies have been sniping at one another for months with Lotus chief executive Jeff Papows last month describing a lot of Netscape?s messages as "bullshit" and dismissing Netscape co-founder Marc Andreeson as "immature".
The final straw for Lotus appears to have been comments allegedly made by Eric Hahn, Netscape senior vice president, at a technology conference in New York last week to the effect that Domino does not support integration with IBM?s DB2 database.
The Lotus ?12 myths? site is robust in its rejection of all claims that Lotus software is incompatible with IBM technology, particularly the AIX operating system. "Lotus developers are begging to wonder whether anyone at Netscape has even seen Domino," it says, claiming that its Virtual Lotusphere site was developed and run on an IBM RS/6000 using Domino and AIX.
It rejects claims that Domino is more expensive that Netscape alternatives, counterclaiming that there are hidden costs attached to the rival offerings. "Did you ever walk out of a car dealership wondering what happened to that low price the salesman first quoted you?" asks the Lotus statement. "Watch the extras, folks: it?ll make your head swim."
Lotus also cited preliminary research from IDC, which puts Lotus/IBM at the top of the worldwide email market with 8.4 million new users in 1996, ahead of Netscape on 5.5 million. This, it said, corrected an early Netscape claim that it had delivered more email clients last year that Lotus.
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