2) Mobile versions of Exchange and SharePoint for $3 per user per month? That's hardly a big revenue stream for Microsoft. But at that price, I guess it has a better chance of keeping business users away from Google Docs, free Google and Yahoo e-mail, etc.
3) Offering resellers a 12% cut of SaaS deals the first year and 6% the second year is curious. It could be viewed as a way to get early reseller support behind its SaaS offerings. It also could be viewed as a temporary softening of the blow to resellers of what's going to happen as Microsoft sells more subscription software in future years and less of those big, corporate desktop software deals that yield resellers the big bucks.
By the way, my colleague Nick Hoover (our Microsoft expert) is in Houston right now, meeting with Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop at Microsoft's partner conference, and will soon post a story at informationweek.com with all the details about Microsoft's cloud computing efforts. So stay tuned.