Microsoft launched its habitual pre-emptive strike at Lotusphere Sunday with updated tools to ease migration from Domino/Notes to Exchange Server/SharePoint. The tools, partially an upgraded version of last year's model will be available as free downloads over the next 30 days. Most of the Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes code is home grown in Redmond, Wash. although some code was acquired from Proposion, also a Lotusphere attendee and IBM partner.
One goal of this offering is to analyze existing Domino applications and assess how difficult they will be to move to Microsoft's stack, namely Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 foundation, Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2007. Solution providers say moving data and mailboxes from one system to another is relatively straightforward but migrating actual applications can be a bear.