“IBM has agreed to sell select software products to HCL Technologies,” writes Slashdot reader virtig01. “Included among these is everyone’s favorite email and calendaring tool, Lotus Notes and Domino.” TechCrunch stories: IBM paid $three.five billion for Lotus again within the day. The large items listed below are Lotus Notes, Domino and Portal. These have been a large a part of IBM’s endeavor trade for a very long time, however ultimate 12 months Big Blue started to tug away, promoting the improvement phase to HCL, whilst keeping up keep watch over of gross sales and advertising and marketing. This announcement marks the tip of the road for IBM involvement. With the improvement of the platform out of its keep watch over, and short of money after spending $34 billion for Red Hat, in all probability IBM merely determined it now not made sense to stay any a part of this in-house. As for HCL, it sees a chance to proceed to construct the Notes/Domino trade. “The large-scale deployments of these products provide us with a great opportunity to reach and serve thousands of global enterprises across a wide range of industries and markets,” C Vijayakumar, president and CEO at HCL Technologies, mentioned in a observation pronouncing the deal.