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.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.
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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.
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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.