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Microsoft Readies Lotus Migration Tools

Microsoft Readies Lotus Migration Tools

Microsoft is rolling out new and updated tools to help customers migrate their Lotus Notes and Domino applications to its own collaboration platform based on Office and its SharePoint Services.

Although some of the tools are available immediately, others won’t appear until later this quarter as well as in the second quarter of 2006, the company said in a statement.

Available immediately, Microsoft is shipping three new application templates for customers using similar Lotus Notes and Domino templates. The new templates support Discussion Database, Team Work Site and Document Library applications. Microsoft released an initial 30 templates last August.

Coming this quarter, Microsoft will ship the Microsoft Application Analyzer 2006 for Lotus Domino. The application analyzer is meant to improve analysis of Notes or Domino applications and provide recommendations for migrating them to Microsoft’s collaboration platform.

In the second quarter, the company says it will release the Microsoft Data Migrator 2006 for Lotus Domino. The data migrator is designed to enable customers to migrate data from Lotus Domino template-based applications to SharePoint Services application templates.

Additionally, Microsoft is updating some of its “co-existence” tools, specifically Exchange Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes/Domino, Exchange Connector for Lotus Notes/Domino and Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes/Domino. Interested customers can get additional information here.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.