Ballmer: The Live Era Is Coming
Ballmer highlighted during his July 11 keynote address at the companys annual Worldwide Partner Conference here Microsofts Windows Live initiative as among the key Microsoft products that Microsoft will be pushing, going forward.
Ballmer described Live as "all about using the Internet to remake the software business itself."
Ballmer included as part of his presentation a demonstration of a couple of new Live services. The Dynamics Live CRM demo received the most applause during his remarks. Another new service about which Ballmer offered very little informationa service known alternatively as both "Windows Live Search Center" and Windows Live OneViewwill go to beta later this month, Ballmer said.
Among the Live services that Microsoft has fielded to date are more than 20 Windows Live services, including Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Expo classifieds and others; three different families of Office Live add-ons to Microsoft Office; and, as of July 11,
"Dont expect impact from Live in the next year," Ballmer said. "But now is the time to build out the [Live] platform and define the business model for how we work together."
While Windows Vista and Office 2007 will both be "blockbuster releases," Ballmer told the thousands of conference attendees Tuesday morning, there are a number of other new search, unified-communications and infrastructure products in the pipeline that will become increasingly important.
Ballmer predicted that Vistawhich
Ballmer said to expect Vista to include "a massive consumer launch, which will be very important."
"If we have a strong consumer launch, it creates the air cover for people coming in and saying I want this stuff at work," Ballmer said.
Ballmer described Windows Live as "all about using the Internet to remake the software business itself."
On the Live side of the house, Ballmer said Microsoft would continue to build out new services on the search, content, collaboration, communications and business services fronts.
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