What Will 2007 Bring from Microsoft?

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Analysts weigh in with their Microsoft predictions for the coming year.

As Microsoft heads into 2007, which will be marked by the general availability of Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 in late January, analysts weigh in with their predictions for the year.

The most interesting of these is the fact that one of the largest challenges Redmond will face in 2007 and beyond is convincing its large, and growing, installed base to upgrade to this new wave of products.

I spoke to three analysts - Al Gillen of IDC, Michael Cherry of Directions on Microsoft and Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group - about their predictions for the year, what they saw as Microsoft's biggest challenges going forward, and the greatest threats to its business. This is what they had to say:

Al Gillen, vice president of research at IDC


(1) Consumer sales and shipments will shift to Vista immediately; enterprise adoption will lag.

(2) Customers will evaluate Office 2007 independently of Vista, so any broad movement to Office 2007 is likely to be dampened by the slow adoption of the new operating system.

(3) 2007 will not just be a year of purely selling new products…

Pointer Click here to read the full report on Microsoft-Watch.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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