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Articles by Paula Rooney
posted in July 2005
On Wednesday, Microsoft as expected released the first beta release of Windows Vista client, formerly code-named Longhorn, an early test release of IE 7 for Windows XP, and an early technical preview of the complementary server.
SQL Server, Visual Studio and the new Xbox will drive growth, but Windows client licensing and the Business Service division pose problems.
Microsoft's first official beta of its next-generation Windows software, due this month, will lack many of the user features planned for the final code.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company will likely deliver Internet-based managed services, including desktop support, as well as consulting as a separate product line.
A flurry of new product promotions and bundles reflects Microsoft's strategy to sell into the SMB market.
Microsoft plans to ship its next version of Windows in the fall of 2006, but executives acknowledge that it could slip into the following year.
Microsoft touts Windows Server promotion for customers with 50 to 250 PCs; Windows Server, Exchange Server and other products are part of the deal.
Playing catch-up to rivals Sun Microsystems and IBM, Microsoft is developing its own RFID framework that it plans to deliver during the first half of 2006.