So... with Windows 7, Lotus Notes is apparently a discardable application according to Microsoft
From Mary-Jo Foley's All About Microsoft: Windows 7 compatibility problems? Microsoft might have an app (or service) for that
Microsoft is obviously pushing companies hard to convert to Windows 7, which is to be expected...
Microsoft is continuing to emphasize its “businesses should upgrade sooner rather than later” message with Windows 7 — and is using both carrots and sticks to push them to do so.
The latest attempt to convince customers comes in the form of take-aways Microsoft officials have uncovered and are sharing publicly from some of the early Windows 7 enterprise deployments. Norm Judah, the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Services (the group that encompasses Microsoft Consulting Services, consumer support and commercial support) discussed some of these learnings and offered advice during an interview I had with him on December 7.
Part of these learnings involve examining applications that may not be compatible with the new environment, and discarding them whenever possible... like this:
“There’s also the question as to whether customers really need an (incompatible) application,” Judah said. When performing an evaluation, customers have a chance to figure out which apps are worth taking the trouble to try to fix vs. which can be “discarded,” he said. Judah cited as an example of an app that might be discardable as Lotus Notes… And no, I’m not kidding.
Wow... and I thought Mr. Ballmer was the king of stupid statements at Microsoft. Mr. Judah might well be in line to be the next CEO with stuff like that!
And to Mary-Jo's credit, she knows BS when she hears it...
(Maybe if Microsoft is throwing in a free copy of Exchange plus offering to do all the migration work from Notes to Exchange. Otherwise, I’d tend to think Notes might fall more into the “mission critical” than the “who cares” department.)
Unbelievable... and for those who want to push the "Microsoft just wants to play nicely with Notes" fantasy, you can go back to smoking whatever now...