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Plotting a Course on Microsoft’s Roadmap


Brett Roberts is Microsoft New Zealand’s newly appointed director of innovation. He talks to Chris Bell about upcoming trends, technologies and — of course — innovation

What are the emerging trends for 2006?

I think it’s safe to say that software-as-a-service is finally set to gain traction this year. With SaaS we’re seeing a completely new distribution model, where applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over the internet or via a private network. Office Live — a set of internet-based services for growing and managing a business online — is a great example of this model. It’s designed to help companies establish an online presence, automate tasks and collaborate with employees, partners and customers.

The initial Office Live offerings are targeted at the approximately 28 million small businesses worldwide that have fewer than ten employees.

Read the entire article here, Computerworld > Plotting a course on Microsoft’s roadmap

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