BlackBerry Cool reports of an alleged leaked Microsoft Memo in which Ray Ozzie, formerly of Lotus fame, Microsoft CTO states:
We should’ve been leaders with all our web properties in harnessing the potential of AJAX, following our pioneering work in OWA. We knew search would be important, but through Google’s focus they’ve gained a tremendously strong position. RSS is the internet’s answer to the notification scenarios we’ve discussed and worked on for some time, and is filling a role as ‘the UNIX pipe of the internet’ as people use it to connect data and systems in unanticipated ways. For all its tremendous innovation and its embracing of HTML and XML, Office is not yet the source of key web data formats – surely not to the level of PDF. While we’ve led with great capabilities in Messenger & Communicator, it was Skype, not us, who made VoIP broadly popular and created a new category. We have long understood the importance of mobile messaging scenarios and have made significant investment in device software, yet only now are we surpassing the Blackberry.
I don't know if it's truly a statement from Ozzie, but ZDNet also mentions the memo. It's interesting that many of the current IBM technologies in the Lotus family are mentioned as vital and "important" to Microsoft. AJAX has been huge this year. Lotus searching is extremely robust and now is teaming with Google. RSS and XML have not only revolutionized the way we get our news, but are also easily implemented via Lotus products.