IBM Offers Cash to Migrate from Exchange
The battle for e-mail market share spawned countless migration
offers over the years. One of the more interesting ones is active
now. IBM is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to
drawing Microsoft Exchange customers to Lotus Notes and Domino.
A new channel-focused program called "Migrate to the Penguin"
is part of IBM's Move2Lotus program. IBM is now offering a limited
time rebate program for IBM software resellers. Each seat migrated,
up to 1,000 seats, is good for a $20 rebate from IBM, with a maximum
of $20,000 per partner. The program started in the United States
and Canada, and will go worldwide over the course of the year.
See IBM's press release on the program here.
Microsoft has a new edition of SQL Server 2005 in development. Microsoft
describes the new Everywhere
Edition as a lightweight, compact subset of other editions that
can synchronize with those editions and uses the same programming
model. It's not clear how Microsoft will differentiate the Everywhere
Edition from the Express Edition of SQL Server. More on that as
details emerge. Meanwhile, Microsoft will make the new database
mirroring capabilities of SQL Server 2005 live when Service Pack
Security Bulletins on the Way
Keep your eyes on Windows Update tomorrow -- it's another big week
for Microsoft patches. The Microsoft Security Response Center alerted
users last week that five
patches are coming. Four are for Windows, one is for Office.
One of the Windows patches is supposed to fix the high-profile,
zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer.
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Posted by Scott Bekker on April 10, 2006 at 11:53 AM