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Lotusphere Notes: Zollar mum on reorganization

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite word earlier this month that Lotus might be announcing a major internal restructuring at Lotusphere 2001, the company and its leaders have offered no new details.

CEO Al Zollar opened an afternoon news conference by saying that Lotus had internal discussions with its employees about instituting some changes, but he did not want to comment further about them.

"There is no more announcement per se on that subject," Zollar said. He made no mention of restructuring during his half hour-long remarks at the Monday opening session.

Zollar is scheduled to address the media again on Tuesday afternoon, alongside Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group.

Other notes from the afternoon news conference include:

  • Lotus announced that a majority of its customers have migrated to R5, however the company did not make available specific migration percentages.
  • Lotus has not set a timetable for ending support for Notes R4.6 and said it plans to continue supporting that version through 2001.
  • Lotus executives estimated that it has roughly a three-year jump on Microsoft in the knowledge management game. Microsoft is currently preparing its answer to Raven, called Tahoe.
  • Rnext, the next version of Notes, will include integration with Windows 2000 Active Directory.
  • Lotus said it had 65 million Notes seats worldwide as of Sept. 30 but it did not provide updated figures.

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