Services Microsoft Should, Could (and Just Might) DevelopBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2005-11-28 Email Print
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Opinion: Reading between the lines of Ray Ozzie's services memo, here are the Microsoft deliverables we think will surface first. (Microsoft Watch)By now,
Ozzie itemized several general categories of services into which he believes Microsoft should delve in the coming months/years. These included ad-supported, subscription-based, try-and-buy and portal-style services. In his much-analyzed memo, Ozzie also listed seven "opportunity" categories for these kinds of services.
We thought it might be an interesting exercise to take on the role of the services czars from each of Microsoft's three business units (platform products and services; business; and home and entertainment) who are charged with helping Ozzie develop Microsoft's services game plan.
2. Seamless Communications: Remember Office Interconnect? The electronic-business-card application that Microsoft pioneered in Japan? Our Office 12 beta testers say that InterConnect could end up as an integrated part of Office 12 (at least the Japanese version). But Microsoft also could opt to make InterConnect a subscription service. We know we'd be first in line for electronic business cards. And there's also
3. Seamless Productivity: We don't know exactly what Microsoft has in mind on the "Office Live" front. But company execs have dropped some strong hints. Remember those
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