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June 29, 2007

iDay for the iPhone

Posted by David Hunter at 2:15 PM ET.

Today at 6PM (in each time zone) Apple’s iPhone will be launched in the USA and the hype is incredibly thick (cf. this compilation of iPhone news stories).  The early iPhone reviews were universally favorable and barring any last minute disasters it looks like the iPhone is on its way to being a hit not just for its technology features, but also for the way it is shaking up the traditional cell phone business.

As disturbing as this is for the current US mobile phone carriers, no one expects the Apple and AT&T combination to dominate the industry like the iPod dominates MP3 players. In the first place, the iPhone is a pricey single carrier smartphone when smartphones are little more than 10% of the market. Second, its credentials for business use (which is a large part of the smartphone market) are a trifle suspect or at least unproven and Gartner isn’t sure that Apple will ever support the corporate market.

I find the “Apple won’t support enterprises” view a trifle myopic since Apple will support whatever they need to in order to make money – if not today, then in due course. To that end there were rumors this week that Apple will license Exchange ActiveSync in order to improve compatibility with Microsoft’s Exchange email server and that today’s Exchange 2007 update may also be partly directed at iPhone compatibility.

As for Microsoft, besides having a new mobile client for its various server and Web offerings, they now have an additional competitor for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 in the smartphone space. The iPhone is not a direct competitor, of course, but a competitor for all the phone vendors licensing Windows Mobile. That is a situation eerily reminiscent of Microsoft’s deceased Portable Media Center offering whose OEMs were sunk by the iPod leading Microsoft to attempt to do it themselves with the Zune. It’s not even close to “Zune Phone” time yet, but you can bet that both Microsoft and Apple are thinking about the prospect.

Filed under Apple, Argo, Coopetition, Exchange, Microsoft, Servers, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6, Zune

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June 27, 2007

CTP of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint 2007 released

Posted by David Hunter at 6:56 PM ET.

Yesterday Microsoft released another Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, the performance management function server in their Business Intelligence offering:

This release combines Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005, recently acquired ProClarity technologies and new innovations in business modeling and planning, budgeting, and forecasting.

The final release is expected in the second half of 2007Scorecard Manager 2005 is being subsumed by this release of PerformancePoint.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Office, PerformancePoint Server, Scorecard

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Windows Live launches new betas, promises Live suite

Posted by David Hunter at 1:23 PM ET.

Yesterday Microsoft launched managed betas for Windows Live Folders and Windows Live Photo Gallery and Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President, Windows Live Experience Program Management, describes them as a step towards the next generation of Windows Live which will include a unified Windows Live suite available in a single download.


Filed under Chris Jones, Executives, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live SkyDrive

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Windows Server 2008 June 2007 CTP released

Posted by David Hunter at 9:32 AM ET.

The Windows Server Division Weblog heralds the restricted release of the June 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server 2008:


Filed under Beta and CTP, IIS, Microsoft, OS - Server, Technologies, Windows Server 2008

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