Microsoft still a collaboration lightweight - silicon.com "Despite appearances, Microsoft has been a player in the collaboration marketplace for years thanks to its email clients and server platforms. But of late, it's been trying to make inroads into the wider collaboration space with new technologies designed to push messaging, conferencing and portals into the mainstream.
It would be too easy to suggest that this is another Microsoft exercise in customer lock-in as it diversifies to avoid stagnation in its traditional markets. After all, it seems pretty clear that enterprises that already own Microsoft infrastructure would want to consider wider collaborative options. Still, it seems the company has some way to go to convince even this captive market of its neophyte talents."