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MSFT and Online Services

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MSFT is launching on-line services – looks like SaaS but the devil is in the details. Looks like the Portal (Sharepoint) is the front end of the hosted mail/calendar etc. As the article on ZDNet says, it looks like the same strategy of Windows = DOS 5 + GUI. Time will tell….

Microsoft opens Pandora’s box on online services, betting convenience is the killer app by ZDNet‘s Dana Gardner — And what Microsoft must do, in addition to making the true cost-benefits analysis murky, is to absolutely win on packaging and convenience. And this is where Google is vulnerable. Google has still to show, aside from costs, how businesses of all sorts can adopt their services and approach in an easy to manage way, that packages things up neatly for the IT folks, and that make a transition from the hairball easy, convenient, and well-understood.

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Written by janusmusings

March 6, 2008 at 12:33 am

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