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Turning to what the drivers were to those people considering buying a new operating system, Microsoft found that compatibility topped the list and that those customers wanted issues around application and driver compatibility to be addressed. Also high on the list were features that enabled productivity and new scenarios, with security, quality, costs and brand availability also important, he said.Looking ahead, Poole said that Microsoft will continue its developer engagement at its annual Professional Developer Conference in September, while Beta 2 will have end-user engagement and be followed by broad availability in the second half of 2006. "In fiscal year 2006, the client group expects revenue growth of between 5 and 6 percent year-on-year, the OEM channel is expected to continue to drive growth, and a 7 to 8 percent growth in PC shipments is expected," Poole said. Next up was Jeff Raikes, the group vice president of Microsofts Information Worker Business, who said that revenue grew 3 percent to $11 billion in fiscal year 2005, with some 63 million new and renewed Office licenses entering the market. While the year entailed much talk about competitive open-source software like Sun Microsystems Inc.s StarOffice and OpenOffice, "We sell more Office solutions per week than total annual sales for solutions like OpenOffice and StarOffice, Raikes said. The Information Worker Division expects higher growth in fiscal 2006, even though this was the third year for sales of Office 2003. The release of Office 12 is also in the works, he said. "Our mission is to broaden the audience of information workers who use and value our software. To do this required transforming the business, which meant increasing the number of programs, servers, services and solutions we have. We did that with Office System 2003 and will continue to do so with Office 12," Raikes said. Click here to read about the new scenarios Office 12 will bring. Office 12 was the most significant version of Office ever, and with that came an opportunity for a new Premium Edition. "We are doing research right now on how we can configure that Premium Edition. You will also see a huge amount of the Office 12 wave and opportunities at PDC later this year," Raikes said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Turning to the enterprise, Poole said these users wanted to get more down, more effectively and efficiently. "We believe we can deliver increased efficiency. IT managers are also looking at driving down costs, and Windows Vista could knock as much as 25 percent off the annual management cost of a Windows Desktop solution," he said.