Scott Bekker here. I'm the new editor of Redmond Channel Partner
magazine and one of your guides for this newsletter. RCP Executive
Editor Anne Stuart and I will be sharing this space; you'll be getting
your first newsletter from Anne next week.
Like former editor Paul Desmond, Anne and I are here as advocates
for the Microsoft partner community. Our ability to fulfill that
role depends on feedback from you. We want to know what issues you
face and what topics are important to you.
Thanks to those of you who've sent notes of welcome. Please keep
the e-mail coming -- tell me what you like about this newsletter
and the magazine, what you don't like and what you'd like to see
us cover. Reach me anytime at [email protected].
Speaking of feedback, I'd like to get your reaction to the new Office
Live services from Microsoft. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software
Architect Bill Gates and Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie unveiled
the new services, called Windows Live and Office Live, Tuesday at
an event in San Francisco.
What's new are Web-based services that layer on top of Microsoft
desktop licenses. On the Windows Live side, that includes Web-based
portable favorites, a new version of online e-mail, personalized
homepages and other consumer-focused services. Some of those are
in beta testing already.
The Office Live offerings are initially focused on small businesses
with 10 or fewer employees. Microsoft says there are about 28 million
businesses of this class worldwide. The services will help those
companies establish a domain name, a Web site and Web e-mail accounts
at no charge through an advertising-supported model. Other Office
Live subscription services will include more than 20 business applications.
Microsoft bills Office Live as an opportunity for partners to access
a previously untapped market of micro-businesses. What's your take?
Are there opportunities here for your company, or is Microsoft crowding
your turf? Let me know at [email protected].
Microsoft Looks to Partners for MBS Profits
Microsoft's latest 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission shows the company is looking to partners to bring the
Microsoft Business Solutions division to profitability. Meanwhile,
ongoing partner investments are part of the reason that MBS revenue
growth hasn't yet translated to profitability, the company says.
Read more here.
Microsoft is still getting its organizational charts in order from
the major executive shuffle in September. While Microsoft clarified
the fate of the Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners organization
shortly after the reorg (see story),
details of the effects on the Microsoft departments dealing with
enterprise and developer partners only emerged last week. Sanjay
Parthasarathy and the Developer & Platform Evangelism team now
report directly to Kevin Johnson, co-president of the new Platform
Products & Services division. Simon Witts and the Enterprise
& Partner Group now report to two masters: The solid line leads
to COO Kevin Turner, with a dotted line pointing to the Server and
Tools Business now led by Bob Muglia.
For more about Muglia's new role, go here.
column was originally published in our weekly
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SQL Server 2005 RTMs
A week ahead of the formal launch next Monday, Microsoft has released
to manufacturing both SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.
BizTalk Server 2006 formally launches next week, too, but that product
won't actually be available until sometime next year.
And Now for Something Completely Scary
If you've harbored doubts about the trustworthiness of the big media
companies pushing digital rights management technology, Windows
kernel expert Mark Russinovich has found a reason for you to get
downright paranoid. It seems the Winternals co-founder has discovered
that a Sony audio CD installed a rootkit on his system without prompting.
Check out the detailed account on his Sysinternals blog.
Posted by Scott Bekker on November 02, 2005 at 11:53 AM