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From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 17-Dec-2002 13:20

bryan wrote:
>>>That's my initial opinion, my second one is that RT could step up as a >>>serious contender against Groove, which might work to build the >>>developer base. >>> >>> > >>Yes, but that's the problem. RT seems to give up upon positioning IOS >>against Groove or Lotus Notes. >>We've seen no improvements of IOS during >>last year, no new reblets released, etc. >> >> > >Well I've worked with Groove and I did a quick evaluation of IOS, just >to see how it worked, if they've given up positioning themselves against >Groove then they have some sort of problem. IOS beats the versions of >Groove I've worked with. >I didn't go out and get IOS though, as I didn't see any way to build a >business on top of it at the time (this has a lot to do with Danmark >which is somewhat slow to pick stuff up), an sdk might be a good step. >Since I never got too into the concept of IOS beyond the evaluation >forgive my ignorance but couldn't people write their own reblets anyway? >
Yes, we can write our own reblets. But IOS desktop, that's it. What if you want to provide different kind of view to your users? What if you wish to update syncing mechanism a bit? What if you want to localise it into your native language? RT would have to provide you with desktop sources. But that would disclose their IP. As you can see, that part of equation is still not solved. There is more things which would deserve to be adressed - being it technology itself, marketing of product, setting network of VARs etc etc. Quite complicated and sensitive issues ... -pekr-