Office 2007 is selling like hotcakes, according to the market researchers at NPD. And one big reason is the try-before-you-buy program that Microsoft put in place when it launched the product. But promotions and steep discounts also could be another reason behind Microsoft's success with Office 2007.
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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 sent out late on September 11 an invite to a teleconference briefing tomorrow involving Sun and Microsoft. The pair are set to make some kind of announcement about an expansion of the existing agreement between the two companies. What do you think that entails? Here are my guesses.
As Microsoft officials confirmed last week, Microsoft is planning to make a first test version of its hypervisor technology available simultaneously with Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0. This week, Microsoft also confirmed that a beta version of Viridian -- a k a Windows Server Virtualization -- will be built into Windows Server 2008 when that product is released to manufacturing.
For those wondering how Microsoft partner Citrix's purchase of open-source vendor XenSource would affect Citrix's relationship with Microsoft, the September 11 announcement involving the two does little to answer that question.
The LiveSide.net guys have posted screen shots of what looks like the new version of Live Search that Microsoft is set to unfurl on September 26. Microsoft also is readying another new Live service, Windows Live Translator, that looks like Babel Fish.
Microsoft has been noticeably quiet whenever we bloggers/press folk ask them for comments on Google various announcements. Today's CapGemini-Google partnership must have struck a nerve, as Microsoft sent out a lengthy and unsolicited response on the deal. Check it out.
An alliance forged between Google and systems integrator CapGemini was the talk of the blogosphere on September 10. Many commentators are looking at the new partnership as proof that Google finally is ready to make business inroads with Google Apps Premier Edition -- mostly at Microsoft's expense. To me, there are some pieces that still don't quite add up.
Microsoft is forging ahead internally with its Green Datacenter Initiative, with teams across the company providing support, guidance and suggestions on how Microsoft can guide customers in reducing the environmental impact of Microsoft's technologies.
Microsoft is holding a three-hour "Searchification" event at its Silicon Valley campus on September 26 that seems like it will be the launch pad for the next version of Microsoft's Live Search service.
Microsoft is planning to field a first preview test build of its Windows hypervisor technology, codenamed "Viridian," simultaneously with Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0. Microsoft won't say when either/both of these new test builds will hit. My bet: Next week, right around the time VMWare holds its VMWorld 2007 conference.