No panic before making
a move"> He reiterated that Microsoft wouldnt "panic" in the face of Salesforce.coms success and would wait until its next-generation application platform was in place before making a move into the hosted space. Lynne Stockstad, general manager of marketing strategy for Microsoft Business Solutions, said that hosted applications services had experienced only "pockets of success, not mass adoption," but said that getting into the hosted space was likely in Microsofts business applications future.If Microsoft does move into the hosted space, CRM would likely be the first space it would try. Brad Wilson, general manager for Microsoft CRM, said that Microsoft CRM is already on a modern, unified code base and supports a fully componentized architecture. Read more here about customers dissatisfaction with Microsofts delayed CRM release cycle. He said most of the Project Green enhancements would come to Microsoft CRM by the end of this year, rather than in 2008 for Microsofts back-office applications. "Its important for us to be hostable," said Wilson. "Were not making any communications at this time about when well be delivering hosted applications, but we look at as important to have the ability to support different business models." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
"We do expect that," said Stockstad. "As we move into a fully Web services architecture, thats one of the scenarios we could pursue."