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MS Comes Clean on SaaS

There are a whole lot of big areas where Microsoft's strategy is unclear. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is one of them. Instead of showing leadership, Microsoft is allowing companies such as Salesforce.com to define what SaaS is and how it's done.

Microsoft finally went on the record, and while it didn't lay out a grand SaaS strategy, it did define its idea of how a SaaS app is architected.

In Microsoft's view, a SaaS app has three parts. The consumption side refers to those who use the software. There's an application architecture that is supported by the ISVs that write the software. And finally, the delivery piece is handled by the service providers who host the app.

Now, if Microsoft could just explain how it plans to address these three chunks, I'll be happy.

Posted by Doug Barney on May 01, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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