Microsoft Initiatives Strengthen Office

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-02 Print this article Print

Wide range of initiatives are aimed at helping Microsoft's industry partners develop and deploy Microsoft Office System-based productivity solutions.

DALLAS—Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a range of new initiatives to augment its Certified Partner Program and that it hopes will help a wide range of its industry partners develop and deploy Microsoft Office System-based productivity solutions. The Microsoft Office System is due for release later this year, and more than 40 of Microsofts industry partners, including Citrix Systems Inc., EDS, EMC Corp., Factiva, Groove Networks Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and Xerox, will be demonstrating their Office System-based solutions at the Microsoft TechEd conference here this week. The Microsoft Office System consists of Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Project and Project Server, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and Microsoft Office Visio 2003.
Among the new partner initiatives Microsoft will announce on Monday is the Microsoft Office System Solution Directory, which allows partners to showcase solutions at no cost.
Office Marketplace is a new section of the Office Web site designed to connect Office customers with products and services that enhance or extend a users ability to accomplish tasks with Office. The Microsoft Office System Partner Solution Builder Program is designed to help partners in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa drive new business opportunities with the upcoming version of the Microsoft Office System via training vehicles, development support and marketing opportunities. The Microsoft Smart Client Readiness Program, available in August, will give ISVs the resources to build software products on Microsoft smart client technologies Joe Eschbach, corporate vice president of Microsofts Information Worker Product Management Group, said its customers want to access their information in whatever system it resides. "The solutions we, and our partners, are building with the Microsoft Office System will help our customers do that and more," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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