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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-15 Print this article Print

Connors said that Microsofts ongoing investment in research and development has resulted in a broad product pipeline, including upcoming releases of Windows Server 2003, Visual Studio .Net 2003, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003. In a product group breakdown, Microsoft said revenue from its Information Worker division, which includes Office, Visio and project, was up 9 percent compared to the same period last year, driven by customer demand for Office XP.
Also during the quarter, the company announced the broad availability of the second beta for Office 2003.
Revenue from the server platform grew 21 percent compared to the third quarter of last year, as demand continued for products including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and the Windows 2000 Server family of products. Microsoft Business Solutions posted year-over-year revenue growth of 96 percent, benefiting from the inclusion of revenues from Navision, acquired last July. During the third quarter, Microsoft Business Solutions released the Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product. "At the end of the quarter, we already had over 1,000 authorized partners and more than 150 ISVs for Microsoft CRM," Doug Burgum, the president of Microsoft Business Solutions, said in a statement. Latest Microsoft News:

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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