Chris Caren, general manager of Microsoft’s Office Business Applications group, sat down with PressPass to discuss the “Mendocino” project, the December technology preview milestone, and how “Mendocino” relates to Microsoft’s Office business and strategy.
PressPass: Can you give us a progress report on “Mendocino”?
Caren: The development of “Mendocino” is on schedule. On Dec. 23 we’ll deliver a technology preview to 40 customers and 10 partners. So we’re making good progress towards a broader beta release in the spring and final availability in the late-summer 2006 timeframe.
More at the link, but as I mentioned last time, Mendocino seems to be the exception among “alliances” in the tech industry – something meaningful is actually going on. Gavin Clarke at The Register reminds us that in 2004 Microsoft and SAP were talking merger and provides an analysis of Mendocino. Punchline:
Mendocino represents an intersection of mutual self interest for both companies. It delivers all the benefits of Office as an enterprise information portal to Microsoft while unlocking a developer and partner ecosystem coveted by SAP without the strategic, tactical and legal mess associated with a big merger.