At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007 in Denver, the software giant made a number of announcements about its impending product launches for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008.
Although Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 software development platform is part of a February 2008 multi-product launch, the company intends to ship it by the end of 2007.
The head of Microsoft's customer relationship management software business Thursday parried verbal attacks by executives from rival Salesforce.com over Microsoft's belated introduction of a hosted CRM offering this week.
Microsoft's top executive for the first time outlined the company's plan to transition from a traditional software company to offering software plus services, giving some roadmap details for how the strategy will play out in the next year.
Microsoft plans to launch new versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio on the same day early next year.
Years after nimble upstarts like Salesforce.com broke ground in the on-demand CRM business, Microsoft is finally set to launch its own, much anticipated hosted offering Tuesday at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver.