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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

One Microsoft customer, Honeywell ACS, with 40,000 employees worldwide, wanted a solution to allow the company to collaborate more effectively. It chose SharePoint Team Services to achieve this, Sam Wilson, the technical lead, said in a videotaped interview shown at the launch. Honeywell expects to save $2.7 million through the adoption of the product, company officials said. Windows Server 2003 also includes a new and innovative feature that allows users who accidentally delete files or content to restore previous versions of these documents directly from their desktops. This feature was demonstrated on stage by Katy Hunter, a Windows Server group product manager, to much audience applause.
There are already more than 12,000 SharePoint Team Services sites within Microsoft on Windows Server 2003. "No-one sets up a file share anymore," Ballmer said.
Many customers are also looking to migrate off legacy mainframe and Unix systems to Intel-based systems, Ballmer said. "While we still have work to do in this area, weve made huge progress and we have already made it easier for customers to migrate their Unix applications to the Windows-Intel platform," he said. Many of the largest enterprises in the world have already turned to Windows Server 2003 to help improve their operations. The London Stock Exchange, the second largest in the world, wanted to grow revenue and provide more products and services to its customers. Seeking to enrich its data and trading systems, it used Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .Net to develop and distribute new solutions more rapidly than ever before, exchange officials said in a screened video.

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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