Some Microsoft news items from this week that did not find posts of their own:
Ed Bott notes the first appearance of Vista OEM prices (for smaller OEMs) and Microsoft Answers ‘Vista OEM’ Questions. If you actually need to buy a retail copy of Vista, hopefully you’re savvy enough to not pay full price. Best line:
Going OEM means you don’t get the skimpy manual or other scraps of paper that comes with the regular retail version. But when (was) the last time a basic Microsoft manual told you anything you needed to know?
For a completely different demographic: Yes, there is a Windows Vista Starter Edition.
Microsoft released the software development kits (SDKs) for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the Microsoft Office Project 2007 platform.
Shocking news: Microsoft hurt by poor Live branding, analysts say.
Stop me if you have heard this one before: Symantec warns of new zero-day Word attack. This one too: Windows Defender Lets Spyware Slip onto Vista PCs.
Nintendo profits soar and the Wii now does the Internet – Wii news channel debuts early. Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation 3 to Debut in Europe, Mideast, Africa and Australia on March 23.
The two main evangelizers of the Linux operating system, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG), are merging to form the Linux Foundation.
The duopoly of Windows Mobile and Symbian is to face its biggest challenge yet, with six big names in mobile telephony backing the development of a new Linux-based software platform for mobile phones.
The founders of the LiMo Foundation are handset makers Motorola, NEC, Panasonic and Samsung, plus two big operators – NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone
Microsoft today staged a rolling launch of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 , and associated products starting in Sydney, Australia and wrapping around the world through Asia and Europe to Steve Ballmer in New York who is still speaking as I write. The launch event so far has been as devoid of excitement as expected, but the important thing is that Microsoft at long last got Vista out the door.
Update: For the sake of completeness, according to the press release linked above, the full set of products launched today was:
An * below indicates the product is available now.
• Windows Vista Business *
• Office Professional 2007 *
• Office Project Professional 2007 *
• Office Visio Professional 2007 *
• Office InfoPath 2007 *
• Office OneNote 2007 *
• Office Communicator 2007
Client enterprise editions
• Windows Vista Enterprise *
• Office Enterprise 2007 *
• Exchange Server 2007 *
• Office SharePoint Server 2007*
• Office Project Server 2007 *
• Forefront Security for Exchange Server *
• Forefront Security for SharePoint *
• System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Server Enterprise editions
• Windows Rights Management Services *
• System Center Operations Manager Enterprise 2007
• Unified Messaging Services for Exchange *
• Excel and Forms Services for SharePoint *
• Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance
• Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 *
• Office Forms Server 2007 *
• Office SharePoint Designer 2007*
• Office Communications Server 2007
• “Voice Call Management” for Office Communication Server 2007
• Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
• Forefront Client Security
• Office Sharepoint Server for Search 2007 *
• SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007
• System Center “Desktop”
• Office Groove Server 2007*
• Office Groove 2007 *
• Exchange Hosted Services*
Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer regaled the faithful at the Microsoft Office Project and Visio conferences with the new features coming in Microsoft Office Project 12 and Visio 12. The full list is in the press release. Project 12 and Visio 12 will ship with Office 12 in 2H2006.
Also announced was the completion of the acquisition of project and portfolio management firm, UMT, that was announced in December.
Dec. 15, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the intent to acquire software and IP assets from UMT, a leading project and portfolio management software and consulting firm that helps companies create, manage and optimize project, application, product and process portfolios. Microsoft expects to combine the technology and expertise of UMT with its existing Microsoft® Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution based on Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003 and Microsoft Office Project Server 2003.
Founded in 1989 with headquarters in New York City, UMT connects the Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management Solution with UMT’s leading Portfolio Management solution via the UMT Microsoft Project Server Gateway. This helps organizations identify and prioritize the right portfolio of projects as well as execute successfully against deadlines, scope and budget. With the acquisition, Microsoft will further align the best of the portfolio and project management worlds for customers.
“With UMT’s technology and portfolio framework, we will extend the Office EPM Solution to offer an end-to-end enterprise project and portfolio management solution,” said Chris Capossela, corporate vice president of the Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft. “Through the acquisition, we will be able to more quickly deliver on our vision of bringing project and portfolio management capabilities to all levels of an organization.”
Terms of the acquisition were not announced. UMT will maintain all current operations until the transaction closes. Following the acquisition, some members of the UMT executive team and a number of UMT product development employees are expected to join the Microsoft Office Project team. The consulting arm of UMT will remain a separate entity and become the UMT Consulting Group to help provide successful implementations of the Microsoft portfolio management software platform.
Portfolio is used generically in this context as a portfolio “of projects, applications, assets, processes, and/or products,” not stocks and bonds. There’s also more on the web on Microsoft’s Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution and EPM Technologies.