The launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 marks the beginning of a new era for business computing. With Windows 95 and Office 95, we transformed the way people work. Today, with new features and capabilities ranging from the 3-D flip view in Windows Vista, to the new user interface in Office, to unified messaging in Exchange Server, these releases will enable companies to empower employees to build more profitable customer relationships, drive innovation, and make smarter decisions.
Our customers and partners were integral in the design and development of these releases. With their approval, we watched them work in more than 1 billion user sessions, and they downloaded more than 5 million beta versions of the three products and provided valuable feedback. Combined with our rigor-ous internal processes, that makes these the most thoroughly tested software products in history.
The Ribbon changes everything. The Office Ribbon is a breakthrough in interface design that will enable people to get better results more quickly. The result of extensive research and testing, the Ribbon exposes Office features in an incredibly intuitive way.
People will benefit from software and services. Software-based services are transforming the way people work. Our Live efforts are about delivering a new generation of seamless, personalized experiences based on a balanced approach that combines the best of the Web with the richness of the client. By combining the strengths of PC software and Internet services, we can deliver tools like Windows Defender, a component of Vista that helps block and remove malicious software.
SharePoint Server is the fastest growing server in Microsoft history. With SharePoint Server 2007, we're putting the power of servers into the hands of our customers in much the same way that we did with desktop productivity applications 11 years ago with Office 95. SharePoint will unify content management, business insight, and business processes so that people can collaborate more easily and make better decisions. And it will give IT professionals tools to streamline server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability.
Internet search is just one aspect of a rich search solution. With the new versions of Windows, Office, and Exchange, we're bridging the gap between people and information by making search central to every aspect of the way information is created, managed, used, and stored. We want people to find the information they need no matter where it's stored and use it to drive better decision-making.
Business communication needs to be easier. With our unified messaging platform, our goal is to integrate all of the ways people communicate so they can use a single identity across phones, PCs, and other devices, and within the applications they know and use. With Exchange Server 2007's unified messaging, you'll automatically communicate using the format that's most convenient and have complete control over who can communicate with you, on what device, and when.
With these products, Microsoft is creating unprecedented economic opportunity for companies around the world. We have more than 640,000 partners and our success is tied to their success. There will be billions of dollars in new business opportunities for these valued partners in the coming year.
Security and privacy are priority one at Microsoft. Security was the starting point for every decision we made in the development of Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange Server 2007. With enhanced security by design and by default, they deliver the highest levels of privacy and protection.
The talent at Microsoft working on these products is amazing. Our success is rooted in innovation, and that means people are our most important asset. We've just had our most successful recruiting year ever, both from the standpoint of bringing in great technical leaders from existing companies and attracting young talent on college campuses. It's this wealth of talent that is creating game-changing innovation in products like Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange Server 2007.
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