The Seattle Times: Microsoft: Workers' presence known with software: "An IBM executive said the presence technology is interesting but otherwise Microsoft showed little in new technology.
'A lot of what Microsoft is talking about now is really catch-up ? it's things we've been doing with Lotus messaging and Web conferencing since 1998,' said Ed Brill, a Lotus business-unit sales executive based in Chicago.
Brill said about half of his customers are using instant-messaging products, especially financial companies such as J.P. Morgan. Some are starting to ask about integrated communications systems, but the technology is still in its early days, with fewer than 10 percent having installed them, he said. "