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Partners"> Microsoft is also launching new deployment planning services programs for the desktop and SharePoint, which help compensate program-certified partners that deliver customized deployment plans to eligible customers. The desktop deployment planning services program is available now, while the SharePoint deployment planning services program is expected to be made available in January 2008 as part of Microsofts Software Assurance program.Read more here about how Microsoft showcased its Dynamics Live CRM solution.Like the other keynote speakers on the first day of the sold-out conference, who included CEO Steve Ballmer and chief operating officer Kevin Turner, Capossela spoke to the 10,000 attendees about software plus services solutions and how these offer partners a wide variety of opportunities, whether they are hosted on site by customers, by Microsoft, or its partners. For example, he noted that Microsoft Office Live provides developers with access to more than 400,000 small businesses, which has traditionally been a hard-to-reach demographic. "To reach this market segment, Microsoft Office Live is updating its partner program to include new programs such as the Microsoft Office Live Marketplace, the new Microsoft Office Live Affiliate Network and greater access to the Microsoft Office Live customer base," he said. Caposella also used his keynote address to announce an updated Office Live Solution Developers program, a new Office Business Applications OnRamp program and new Desktop and SharePoint Deployment Planning Services programs. Click here to read more about how Microsoft gave its Dynamics applications an Office makeover. Caposella also sang the praises of enterprise search, noting that more than 3,500 partners are enrolled in the Quickstart for Microsoft Search partner program, which was launched at the 2006 worldwide partner conference. Quickstart helps partners gain knowledge and build skills by giving them access to training and community resources. There are also a growing number of partners developing new enterprise search tools on the SharePoint platform. Among them is BearingPoint, which provides information management and search solutions, and which will offer a search-enabled application, known as SingleView. This application helps SharePoint Server 2007 customers access information from across a variety of enterprise repositories, structured databases and unstructured content libraries. Microsoft further announced that more than 1,150 partners from 50 countries on six continents have registered their support for Ecma Office Open XML, the default file format for Office desktop applications. To read more about why Massachusetts embraced Microsofts Open XML document format, click here. It also announced that Linux platform developer Turbolinux is the latest company to pledge support for the creation of Open XML to ODF (OpenDocument Format) translator tools, along with Novell, Linspire and Xandros. Editors Note: This story was updated to include add new comments on Microsofts evolving strategy from Microsoft corporate vice president Chris Caposella. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.