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2008: 10 things from Microsoft; Insomnia for VMware

Thats what this article suggests:

When Microsoft unveiled the public beta for its Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor last week, shares of VMware plummeted. If a beta release can have that sort of impact, the arrival of Hyper-V, currently slated for 180 days after the launch of Windows Server 2008, will have an even stronger effect, according to some Microsoft partners.

Microsoft plans to spark widespread adoption of its virtualization products through competitive pricing, and is positioning virtualization as a key feature of Windows. Ron Herardian, president of Global System Services, a Mountain View, Calif.-based solution provider, expects Microsoft to successfully take market share away from VMware through licensing and by tying virtualization to Windows.


I am not sure about most of those predictions but can agree with the following:

Sharepoint - It is indeed growing at a scary pace. In europe, I've spoken to several clients and they all are deep into SharePoint adoption. Even educational institutions are considering dumping traditional programs such as Blackboard and going for the "Share and Connect" kind of learning environments.

Vista - Will need time and may even be rebuilt to develop a SharePoint ready OS, that is what I meant sometime back when I predicted that we should be looking at a WebOS from Microsoft that will be based on the SharePoint platform.

Security - This too will be hard for Microsoft to sell, but they might just shelve that security initiative altogether. It would be a good move for Microsoft, they need to focus on core technologies.

Microsoft has to move on to more relevant technologies and trends such as Cloud Computing (Unified Communications et al), Virtualization and "Connect and Collaborate".

Here's the link to the predictions.

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