At IBM's annual Lotusphere conference Microsoft announced a series of tools to help Lotus Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the unified communication and collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently released Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 technologies. See the full story from eWeek reporter Darryl Taft.
Ironically, Lotus Notes was created by Ray Ozzie, now Chief Software Architect and CTO at Microsoft. Ray left IBM/Lotus back in 1997 to found Groove Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in March of 2005. Lotus Notes has lagged since Ray left, undergoing many changes in architecture and direction.
Lotus Notes is known to many people as IBM's email system, but the underlying system is a distributed database system with a client server synchronization architecture that makes it an interesting platform for departmental applications.
Many Lotus Notes customers wanted to migrate to Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint but lacked migration tools for all the legacy Notes applications. Microsoft has introduced three new migration tools to ease the process.
Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes enables users to move their messaging and directory services as well as their Notes infrastructure, and move data from template-based applications to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Role-based Templates for SharePoint My Sites enable users to create customized portals for employees to find information and tools. There are templates for financial analyst, staffing specialist, administrative assistant, customer services representative, IT engineer and marketing manager.
Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 Application Templates includes sample applications known as the Fantastic 40. I believe in the old days at Lotus they called these sample apps the "Nifty Fifty".