Notes and Domino, long-time software staples of IBM, are being moved to HCL Technologies for future development. The transfer is described as a “partnership.” Plus: Watch a video about the news.

“To continue innovation in the collaboration space, IBM is investing in its long-term roadmap of the Domino product family – Domino, Notes, Sametime and Verse – in 2018 and beyond,” IBM declared in the recent announcement..

“To show IBM’s level of commitment to stakeholders, the company is entering into a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies to begin delivering on the roadmap with the intent to release version 10 of the Domino portfolio next year. The goal of the partnership is to drive future development of the Domino product family, energize the offering, and protect clients’ investments.”

  • VIDEO: Watch the announcement from IBM at

Tech news site The Register notes that {a href=”external_link-1″}}IBM struck a similar deal involving Rational and Tivoli tools last year.

In a video, IBM Vice President Ed Brill said the new deals means the companies will “jointly invest in Notes, Verse, Domino and Sametime portfolio, and its clients.”

IBM acquired Lotus Software and Notes in 1995 for $3.5 billion.

“22 years later, the Notes/Domino ecosystem is almost always legacy software, long since overrun by Exchange for messaging and myriad applications for collaboration. IBM didn’t do much wrong with the product, but also didn’t do much right: Notes/Domino worked well, but was complex, proprietary and lacked a simple client to generate end-user enthusiasm,” The Register noted..

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