Microsoft announcement Tuesday may be bigger news than expected

Microsoft announcement Tuesday may be bigger news than expected

Summary: I've heard some rumors that it will be something much more exciting than a CRM hosted service (with all due respect to salesforce.com, CRM is not the most riveting topic). Unfortunately I can't talk about those rumors, but if true then this will be bigger news than expected tomorrow. [...]

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On Tuesday morning West Coast time Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and CTO Ray Ozzie will make an announcement in San Francisco. Word is they will outline Microsoft's strategy for "software as a service", with much of the speculation about additional "hosted services" such as CRM and Sharepoint. The announcements should also clarify Microsoft's recent re-organization, in which they put MSN and Windows in the same group.

I've heard some rumors that it will be something much more exciting than a CRM hosted service (with all due respect to salesforce.com, CRM is not the most riveting topic). Unfortunately I can't talk about those rumors, but if true then this will be bigger news than expected tomorrow.

Back to the hosted software speculation. Word is that Sun Microsystems may also announce a Web-based software service tomorrow. Sun's vision of "the network is the computer" was conceived long before Web 2.0 was coined, yet they've struggled of late to make an impact in the Web applications space. So they must be feeling the pressure to compete with Microsoft's renewed interest for "software as a service". 

Interesting also that a story came out today on News.com about Google planning to hire programmers to improve OpenOffice.org, which has its roots in Sun Microsystems' StarOffice suite. Google and Sun announced a partnership earlier in October, but nothing of substance has yet come out of that. I get the feeling that may change soon, once Microsoft announces its plans for web-based software and platforms tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned, more as it develops...

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  • I'm sure its Starepoint

    M$ is tying (read comingling) everything with Starepoint - including the kitchen sink. This jumbled mess will be the next M$ proprietary platform that you cannot escape. I suppose that the drug dealer will offer some free samples . . .
    Roger Ramjet
    • Sure we can

      "This jumbled mess will be the next M$ proprietary platform that you cannot escape"

      The escape is called linux.
      ebrke
    • Sharepoint is a good product...

      I think most people who would actually scream it's lame obviously don't see the advantages to using it and/or have never used it.

      Sharepoint is good.. but if you don't want to pay the price tag, and pay the price tag of the Webparts...

      DotNetNuke is available free of charge and is a damn good open source product.
      ju1ce
  • Where do I sign up!

    I would just LOVE to have all my eggs in one basket. All my apps running over an internet connection that, if it goes out, will cause a complete work stoppage.

    This just makes no sense. You got 20,000 employee's working along, and in one instant of network failure, you got 20,000 people sitting idle.

    Sure. Why not. It's only productivity.
    BitTwiddler
    • What about

      the M$ site-repeater software? M$ will set up a server on your site and maintain it with a copy of the software - for a small fee . . .

      WHOA! Is this just a dream, or a NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Roger Ramjet
  • I know how they can sell it

    Kind of like MSN. Remember how their page hit numbers skyrocketed when it because the IE default home page. Imagine a scenario like this whenever you boot up:

    [i]You have not yet signed up for Sharepoint. Would you like to do so now? Yes/No[/i]

    No

    [i]Are you sure? It is Microsoft's most innovative offering to date? Yes/No[/i]

    No

    [i]Are you freaking sure? This is your last chance for now. Yes/No[/i]

    No

    [i]Some of your Microsoft desktop applications may have limited functionality. Finish.[/i]

    Can't wait to install this for my mother-in-law.
    Taz_z
    • OK, I should have had a couple of Yes answers in there

      but you get the message.
      Taz_z