On November 6, however, Microsoft broke the cone of silence around its plans for Vista-optimized versions of its own apps by announcing that it will roll out a new version of its Dyanmics CRM product "at the same time as the 2007 Office release.
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The development work on Office 2007 is done, Microsoft confirmed on November 6.The team's work isn't done; now it's time for Microsoft to roll out new distribution, deployment and management tools to convince customers -- especially the usually recalcitrant business ones, for whom older versions of Office work just fine, thanks -- to upgrade.
Checking around the Web this weekend, there are a couple of reports -- unconfirmed by Microsoft officials, as far as I can tell -- that Office 2007 was released to manufacturing some time after Friday evening, and that Vista is set to RTM on November 8.
I don't know about you, but I'm all Novell'ed out for now. However, here are a few related links to ponder over the weekend.
Much of what you are reading about the Microsoft-Novell alliance announced Thursday is overblown. There is no hell freezing over, no snowballs melting and definitely no white flags fluttering over the Microsoft headquarters building. Microsoft is not conceding that desktop Linux is gaining ground. It's not admitting that its closed-source strategy has failed.
The most meaty part of the November 2 cooperative-technology deal between Microsoft and Novell is also the hardest to understand: The patent portion.
There's no way anyone can tell me that this Microsoft-Novell deal isn't all about Oracle
Less than a month after the death of long-time Microsoft adversary and Novell founder Ray Noorda, might Microsoft and Novell find common ground? It sounds wild, but it's not impossible. I can think of a few areas where such a partnership would make sense.
Microsoft has launched three new (and unrelated) Web sites worth checking out.
Invites went out to press and analysts on November 1. Microsoft's business launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is on for November 30 in New York City.