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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-02-16 Print this article Print

On the server side, there are five offerings, three of which are new. The new server offerings include Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007, a solution to centralize control and management of electronic forms by allowing customers to use a common Web browser to interact with information. "The way to think about the server lineup in general is that there are three broad servers we are already familiar with: the Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and the Live Communication Server, all of which are available today," Cairns said.
There are also new specialty new servers like the Forms Server, which gives a simple forms solution; the Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007, which will give IT organizations enterprise-class server software and tools to deploy, manage and integrate Office Groove 2007 across the enterprise; and Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007, a top-down portfolio management governance solution.
With regard to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Cairns said, "We feel that with this we are doing for servers what we did for desktop applications 10 years ago, and that is really bringing together a lot of the different functionality that customers want around their productivity into this one mainline server." This server product gives customers the ability to build portals, publish content to those portals (including document routing and approval processes), and search across servers, he said. All of the server offerings are only available through volume licensing and pricing was not available. Asked why they will not be sold through retail, Cairns said most customers are those with IT staffs that can configure and manage these, and those are volume-license customers. While Microsoft will again offer the CAL (Core Client Access License), which gives customers access to Windows Server, Exchange Server, Office SharePoint Portal Server and Systems Management Server, it is also introducing the new Microsoft Enterprise CAL. This consists of the Core CAL plus new capabilities such as enterprise data searching, spreadsheet publishing, Web-based form creation and unified messaging, and includes new offerings from Microsoft Operations Manager, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server, Windows Rights Management Services and a security suite. Read more here about Microsofts acquisition of Groove Networks. On the services side, consumers can buy the new Microsoft Office Live Groove for an annual subscription of $79, while its new Office Live service will range from free domain name, Web site and company e-mail accounts supported by advertising to more comprehensive services that will be available for a subscription fee, Cairns said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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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