Microsoft claims Exchange forges ahead

Microsoft Exchange is pulling away from Lotus Notes in the corporate e-mail stakes.

According to a recent report by Ferris Research, The March 2001 Ferris Report on the Corporate E-mail Market, Microsoft has a 50 per cent share of the market and is expected to reach 63 per cent by 2002.

The research found that as of October 2000, more than 53 million seats of Exchange had been deployed worldwide, compared to 27 million of Lotus Notes.

Ferris projects the gap between the solutions will widen, with Exchange to be deployed to 77 million seats by the close of 2001, with Notes winning six million fewer users over this period to close the year with 45 million users.

The report also said Microsoft's overall share of the corporate e-mail market is expected to increase, with millions of cc:Mail users abandoning Lotus for Exchange.

"For the last five years, Lotus has been telling cc:Mail users that product support will be dropped and they will have to move elsewhere," the report said. "Mostly the users are migrating to Exchange. They need to do this because Lotus has given teeth to its threats not to support cc:Mail."

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