Microsoft to Take Cross-Product Integration a Step FurtherBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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The family of Windows Server System products is about to become even more tightly integrated, via a new 'Common Criteria' plan outlined at TechEd.SAN DIEGOIf you thought Microsoft was tightly integrating its products before, wait until you see what it's planning to do in the future.
Taking the company's "integrated innovation" charge a step further, Andy Lees, the Microsoft corporate VP in charge of server and tools marketing, focused his Tuesday morning TechEd 2004 keynote here on the company's plans to deliver a common set of services across its entire Windows Server System family.
This new set of services is detailed in a plan called the "Common Engineering Roadmap." These common services will reduce complexity and provide customers with a standard set of "criteria" which will be available for all the Windows Server System products going forward, Lees said.
Examples of the kinds of services that Microsoft is planning to make common across its products:
Lees made a number of other new product announcements during his hour-and-a-half presentation. Among them:
Lees spent most of his keynote running through demonstrations intended to show how an integrated family of products can help customers manage costs, keep their businesses running and deliver business value.
Throughout the demonstrations, Lees and his team members demonstrated