Microsoft to Unfurl a New Collaboration Road Map
Sure, Windows and Office are dominating all the Microsoft product headlines as of late. But the company has plans to deliver a number of other communications, collaboration and security technologies over the next two years.Microsoft is readying a host of new collaboration-specific software and service offerings that it is planning to deliver over the next two years, according to a road map that company officials are showing privately to partners. During the past couple of months, Microsoft has shared selectively with certain partners a "Collaboration Road Map" according to sources who requested anonymity. Beyond the Office 2007 client and SharePoint Server 2007 productswhich are slated to be available to business users in October and to launch via all channels in January 2007other collaboration deliverables on Microsofts short list include a new Office Live Server, a slew of Antigen anti-virus services and a souped-up anti-spam package. Microsoft is expected to share details on some of these offerings during two June events. On June 6, Microsoft is slated to go public, via a Webcast, with its business-intelligence product road map. And on June 26, Microsoft will provide more details about its collaborative communication wares during a Unified Communications Group event for press and analysts in San Francisco.
Microsoft announced the creation of a single internal Unified Communications Groupcomprising the formerly separate Exchange and Real-Time Collaboration teamsin January. The group is headed by Anoop Gupta, who previously headed the Real-Time Collaboration team. UCG is part of Microsofts Business Division under President Jeff Raikes. The group is leading Microsofts charge in e-mail, instant messaging, VOIP (voice over IP) and Web conferencing for business users.