Microsoft officials have been saying for the past month that the company's fiscal 2010, which kicked off on July 1, will encompass its biggest product launch wave ever.
We already know Windows 7 goes on sale on October 22. But Microsoft hasn't provided specifics as to whether it will hold another Vista-like consumer launch around that time. And beyond that -- what else do the Softies have up their sleeves? What's coming when?
At last week's Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft did share a few more launch tidbits with the 6,000 or so developers, resellers, integrators and hardware partners attending.
I've culled some of the best slides from the various WPC slide decks that show off how Microsoft is advising its partners -- who, for all intents and purposes, are Microsoft's salesforce -- to plan to go to market with their customers in the coming year.
Keep in mind that these slides are focused on Microsoft products that it sells primarily through partners: Windows, Office, SQL Server, Exchange, etc. You won't find mentions of Bing or Zune here. But it's also interesting there is no mention of Windows Mobile -- even though Microsoft is trying to light a fire under partners to help sell its beleaguered mobile operating system.
From these slides, this is what I'd expect the business-focused launch calendar to look like:
- Windows 7/Windows Server 2008/Exchange 2010 rollout: November/December 2009
- SharePoint 2010: Early 2010
- Visual Studio 2010: Spring 2010
- Office 2010: May/June 2010
Check out my annotated slideshow of Microsoft's FY10 game plan here.
I'm curious whether you see anything interesting in these slides that I missed... Comments welcome.