Microsoft's quest to unseat IBM's Lotus Notes as the corporate messaging and groupware leader got a boost last week, with a report stating that Microsoft's Exchange outsold Notes for the second quarter in a row. Also, a new survey indicated that just more than half of Fortune 50 companies are using Exchange as their enterprise e-mail platform.
An early draft of an upcoming issue of Electronic Mail and Messaging Systems (EMMS) reports that 3.6 million Microsoft Exchange Server client licenses were sold worldwide during the quarter ended July 31. During the same period, 3.1 million Lotus Notes licences were sold worldwide.
In May of this year, EMMS reported that Exchange outsold Lotus by 350,000 seats in the quarter ended April 30.
Also last week, the Radicati Group released the results of a survey that found that Exchange Server is in use today at 52 percent of the Fortune 50 as the standard for enterprise e-mail. The group surveyed managers and directors, asking whether their company had standardised on an e-mail system, and if so, which one.
Lotus Notes was the single standard for enterprise e-mail at 12 (24 percent) of the Fortune 50 companies, according to the survey results.