Could SharePoint Server become the new center of Microsoft's universe (at least among business users)? SharePoint as an operating system in and of itself? These ideas aren't as crazy as they might sound.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft is now planning to release its Dynamics Live in phases during the third and fourth quarters of 2007, rather than all at once in the third quarter of this year, company officials said on March 14.
Given the year-and-a-half-old missive from Microsoft Chief Software architect Ray Ozzie that all Microsoft software should include services add-ons, it's not surprising that Microsoft is looking to integrate its Dynamics CRM Live service with its on-premise Dynamics ERP software. What is surprising is how rapidly that is likely to happen.
Is it time for a Microsoft-wide purge of the "Live" brand? If you look at the myriad, incongruous ways that Microsoft is using "Live" across its various product divisions, you might say yes.
While almost every Microsoft division is seeking ways to pick up the pace and turn out new product releases more rapidly, the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) unit is preparing to do the opposite by slowing the rate at which it's rolling out new ERP releases.
Here's the official internal memo from Kevin Johnson, Microsoft's president of platforms and services, regarding last week's resignation of Chris Payne, the Windows Live search chief. Microsoft is still a couple of weeks away from announcing its new team who will take on Microsoft's less-than-successful search business.
Finally, a piece of good news for the Microsoft Windows Live/Online Services unit, courtesy of Lenovo.
At the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit in Seattle this week, Microsoft officials shared Shared Source news with the Visual FoxPro faithful and other attendees. The latest: Microsoft plans to release by the end of this summer the Foxpro "Sedna" bits as Shared Source on its CodePlex code-repository site.
Microsoft Business Solutions officials are no longer talking about Project Green. But that does not mean Microsoft has abandoned Green or its underlying concepts, said James Utzschneider, general manager of product marketing for Microsoft Dynamics. In fact, far from it.
Microsoft has made available for download service pack (SP) 2 for the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.