Stop Me If You've Heard This Before
Welcome to the holding pattern.
With Vista and Office 2007 still floating around in beta world,
and with no specific date for the release of either on the horizon,
the throng of IT types attending Microsoft's TechEd show in Boston
this week hasn't been treated to a boatload of news -- more of a
toy boat floating in a bathtub, really. Sure, there are a lot of
announcements, but they don't really say much of anything. A repackaged
"strategy" here, an incremental release there -- it's
all pretty pedestrian, and we've heard it all before. There have
been no shockers, no earth-shattering revelations or jaw-dropping
technology demos. In fact, RCP has already managed to get
just about everything new into one
The noticeable lack of excitement here is a little disappointing
given that this show often showcases what's new and forthcoming
from Redmond. But it's not surprising. The Vista/Office waiting
game has Microsoft, partners and customers in something of a holding
pattern for now, waiting for the OS and office suite that will drive
the world's computers for years to come...once they arrive.
Until then, we'll have to be content with bits of "news"
like this one: Microsoft
is readying technology that will ease integration of third-party
software applications (as well as its own business apps) into Office
This is all part of something called Office Business Applications,
which sounds a lot like the type of integration the company is already
offering between Dynamics -- which was, to be fair, boosted with
this week's release of Dynamics AX 4.0 -- and Office, or between
Office and SAP's enterprise resource planning applications. (The
SAP-Office link-up is called Duet and was scheduled to be available
this month; news of it has been hanging around since
March) Nothing (much) to see here, then. And nothing to do but
prepare for Vista and Office...and wait.
Are you preparing for the Vista and Office releases? If so, how?
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, due to the constraints of the TechEd schedule, this
week's editions of the newsletter will be a little shorter
than usual and won't include as much reader feedback as you've
been used to reading. But don't panic -- everything will
be back to normal next week. And please don't stop sending
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Antigen, We'll Hardly Know Ye
Don't get too attached to the name of those Microsoft-branded security
tools that Redmond announced last week. The Antigen for Exchange
brand -- a name born from the moniker that existed before Microsoft
bought Sybari Software, which made the original Antigen product
-- is already on
the chopping block. It'll eventually disappear into the newly
announced Microsoft Forefront security brand. Maybe Microsoft did
introduce something this week -- confusion...
What do you think of the Forefront name? Tell me at email@example.com.
It's Farewell to Microsoft for Blogger Scoble
Popular intra-Microsoft blogger Robert
Scoble is leaving Redmond for a "Silicon Valley video-blogging
startup," whatever that is.
But at Least the Government Knows When You're
Ordering a Pizza
While the NSA was busy wiretapping phone calls, somebody
stole a bunch of information from the Energy Department's nuclear
weapons agency. That should help us all sleep better tonight.
Posted by Lee Pender on June 12, 2006 at 11:53 AM