IBM Goes SaaS-Y with Lotus Notes Domino

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Big blue has launched SaaS version of Lotus Notes Domino, it’s email collaboration software.

Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging includes hosted mailboxes and the Lotus Notes client – costs between $8 and $18 per user per month.

The hosted service has certain limitations like space constraint (1GB-per-user-mailbox) and the service doesn’t gel well with Notes apps and databases – but nevertheless, this is an important development in the world of online collaboration software.

Microsoft’s exchange service is priced @ $10 (per user per month) – more as a ‘software+service’ offering – i.e. on-premise + cloud computing.

Is Software as a Service more geared for adoption that Software plus Service model? What’s your take?

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