In This Issue
Year-Ahead Planner 4.7
Here are our monthly installments of our updated list of Microsoft projects and their code names, plus our rolling calendar, which tracks the coming year's key Microsoft-related events. There are some key changes in the structure of our charts, as of this month, given recent developments at Microsoft.
In terms of the Code Name Tracker, we are now organizing our charts around five business units, as Microsoft is planning to continue to report separately the revenues/losses for each of these divisions.
Until recently, Microsoft organized itself into seven profit and loss centers: Server and Tools, Client, Information Worker, Business Solutions, MSN Personal Services and Business, Mobile and Embedded Devices, Home and Entertainment. In mid-July, Microsoft announced that it was folded its Business Solutions unit into Information Worker and its Mobile and Embedded unit into the Homer and Entertainment division. Microsoft also moved its Exchange business from Server and Tools, to Information Worker, as part of these changes. We are following Microsoft's lead on these shifts, as reflected in the July issue of our tracker. (We also are continuing to follow two additional categories: Disappearing code names and important Microsoft Research project code names.)
At the management level, company officials reorganized Microsoft in late September 2005 into three divisions: Platform Products & Services; Microsoft Business; and Entertainment and Devices. Microsoft officials said the company's decision to report results along the five aforementioned units reflects its current three-division structure. (Yeah, we don't follow that one, either.)
All dates in our charts reflect calendar years, not Microsoft fiscal years. Changes made since the last version of the Code Name Tracker are in bold-faced type. We detail new entries and changes to existing ones in the body of the charts.
The calendar, which we update monthly, lists major shows, product launches and other dates of interest to Microsoft Watchers. We include some third-party-sponsored shows, trainings, and other events we think of interest. We also may choose to include data points regarding Microsoft's major competitors, which may have some bearing on Microsoft.
Our intent is not to be all-inclusive; it is simply to provide you with planning tools – ones that we use ourselves -- to keep tabs on the sleepless software giant.
Your trusty Microsoft Watcher takes personal responsibility for any gross oversights or omissions, and welcomes suggestions for future entries from you loyal readers.
Mary Jo Foley, Editor
There are lots more additions and changes in both the Calendar and Code Name Tracker. Without
further ado, click
target="_blank">here for the full Code Name Tracker 4.7
(simply login to your account and download the PDF)
And get your full Calendar 4.7
target="_blank">here (simply login to your account and download the PDF)
Chats and Web Casts to Watch
Those tedious online chats and Web casts do contain tasty tidbits and even a lesson or two. There are plenty to choose from (as you can see if you click on our resources links at the bottom of this item).
Here are our recommendations for your viewing pleasure over the next 30 days:
Expert Zone Support WebCast: Explore new home networking features in Windows Vista
TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft August Security Bulletins
the new Mike Nash, a k a Ben Fathi, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit. Fathi and and his team will field any and all security questions.
href="http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032302636%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e" target="_blank"> MSDN Architecture Webcast: An Early Adopter's Progress Report on Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 3.0
href="http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032303012%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e" target="_blank">Momentum Webcast: China: Supply Chain Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Developing Your Plan for China
Technical Chat Transcripts
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