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.
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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).
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.
For more than a year, Microsoft officials have been talking up the notion of "Office-centric" and "role-based" interfaces as the next big thing for its ERP and CRM wares. At the Convergence conference for its Dynamics customers and partners in San Diego this week, Microsoft showed off working examples and prototypes of what these kinds of interfaces might look like.
Microsoft is not going to patch the latest version of its Windows Live OneCare service on March 13 to remedy Outlook compatibility issues, as a number of news and blog sites are reporting. The reason? Microsoft already issued the required OneCare patch with no fanfare on March 11.