Microsoft sets the dates for two fall server launches

Microsoft sets the dates for two fall server launches

Summary: Microsoft finally has gone public with the planned launch dates for two of its Business Division server products. PerformancePoint Server 2007 gets the official launch treatment in September; Office Communications Server 2007, in October.


Microsoft finally has gone public with the planned launch dates for two of its Business Division server products.

PerformancePoint Server 2007 -- Microsoft's latest business-intelligence add-on, which is a business-scorecarding product -- will launch officially on September 19, 2007. Microsoft released the most recent test version of PerformancePoint Server, Community Technology Preview (CTP) release 4, the week of August 13. The test build is  available to any interested parties for download from Microsoft's Connect site.

Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 -- the all-in-one enterprise instant-messaging, VOIP, audio-video conferencing product -- and the accompanying Office Communicator 2007 client,  are launching on October 16, 2007.

Microsoft released the final version of OCS 2007 to manufacturing in late July.

Topics: Enterprise Software, CXO, Microsoft, Servers


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).

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  • More Illegal Use of Monopoly Power Unless

    Unless Office Communicator 2007 client is Java based and will run on any operating system product there is more illegal use of monopoly power indicated.

    Here is why.

    Many not-for-profits and the larger for profit organizations have discovered the advantages of Citrix and virtualization. When you carry these two technologies forward the conclusion is not escapable.

    There is no justification for client Microsoft Windows devices in a business or government environment. In fact there are compelling security reasons to remove Microsoft Windows and save the licensing costs and instead run Citrix client on the computing device and virtualized Windows on servers as web appliances. In fact there a compelling support cost reasons to remove Microsoft Windows from company PCs because the mobile devices used to do business will likely not be Microsoft Windows based. Hence it makes more sense to support the operating system of the mobile devices on the PCs. Likely Linux.

    Telephony remains a Unix dominated endeavor. Voice mail boxes on Microsoft Windows represents a divergence from the proven and proven secure.
    • More linux rhetoric

      Office Communicator 2005 Web Access is supported from Firefox, Safari, IE, and Netscape on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The fat client is only on Windows, but the Web Client, which is used heavily, is cross platform. This tradition is carried on to 2007.

      As far as Telephony remaining a Linux endeavor, are you not aware of Cisco CallManager (IP PBX) and Unity (Unified Messaging)? Until the very latest release, it was Windows based for their CallManager and Exchange based for Unity. Cisco has the most successful pure-IP PBX Business class rollout in the world. There's debate if Cisco moved away from Microsoft because MS wanted to do Unified Messaging and Telephony themselves (most likely) or if MS explored it because Cisco moved away from MS (I'd doubt it). In any event, the latest release for Cisco (which is Linux based) has been their least adopted yet and the vast majority of deployments are still on Microsoft based technology.

      As for mobile devices, Windows Mobile devices and PocketPC's are still relatively prevalent in Enterprise environments, but BlackBerry and Treo are probably still kings. iPhone is obviously the latest 'neat' phone, but corporations are still waiting for Apple's official enterprise solution. In any event, because the telephony technology is based so readily on very basic and open standards to ensure device interoperability, it?s more likely that the push to one server side solution is going to be more based on its interaction with other back-end solutions than with client interaction. This is due to the pure fact the telephony clients will act pretty consistent due to the protocol limitations by design. In the back-end, Microsoft solutions are still some of the based at cross-linking together.
  • Already deployed here...

    We deployed, and deployed without prejudice. The minute the bits went RTN, my rep send me a link to download them. I immediately mandated all MCSEs to drop their plans for the next 5 days and upgrade all OCS 2007 RC1 servers to RTM. Of course, my rep formally delivered the bits at Daniel's Broiler.
    Mike Cox