It's been a while since the Office Live team has made any public announcements. But behind the scenes, the unit is expanding its stable of offerings to include a number of Microsoft managed services that curretly aren't thought of as "Office Live."
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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 will release within the next few weeks a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of its mid-market server product, code-named "Centro," according to an e-mail sent to selected testers.
Microsoft is making changes to Windows Vista in response to a Google complaint that claimed Vista's integrated desktop search is harming the performance of Google Desktop and hampering customer choice. Microsoft plans to incorporate some of the search-related changes in Vista Service Pack 1, which the company is finally admitting will be out in beta form before the end of 2007.
Microsoft almost tweaked its licensing terms for Windows Vista yet again -- this time in order to ease virtualization restrictions that irked a number of customers and partners. But in the eleventh hour, company officials decided against the move, resulting in Microsoft cancelling its planned announcement.
If new news reports are right and Microsoft is caving to a Google claim regarding antitrust concerns over the desktop search integrated into Vista, I'll be interested to see how the Redmondians will alter a feature that's already shipped with the more than 40 million copies of the latest version of Windows.
To Microsoft's Office team, Web 2.0 does not mean a Web-centric version of Microsoft Office, a la Google Apps. It does mean add-ons to SharePoint Server, Microsoft's back-end bundle of server applications (Or Microsoft's "social computing platform," as Microsoft also seemingly is referring to SharePoint these days.)
Because Microsoft won't comment officially on "Fiji," the expected, standalone update to Windows Media Center, it's tough to confirm a date slip. But one Most Valuable Professional who's in a good position to know is now predicting Fiji won't ship until the latter half of 2008, instead of year-end 2007.
It's only been six months since Microsoft launched Office 2007 at retail. But as of July 1, Microsoft won't be making the OEM version of Office 2003 to its PC partners, a k a "OEMs."
During the past couple of weeks, Microsoft officials have started touting publicly the handful of hosted managed services that Microsoft is selling directly to customers. But what does Microsoft's managed-services plan mean to companies that have built businesses around selling hosted Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and other wares for the past few years?
Microsoft made available for shipping on June 18 two new ERP releases: Dynamics GP 10.0 and Dynamics SL 7.0. The products sport an overhauled user interface that look and feel more like Office.