Office/Exchange/SharePoint 2010 "wave" breaking

In Thursday's IT Blogwatch, Richi Jennings watches Microsoft reveal Office, Exchange, and SharePoint 2010: not waving, but drowning? Not to mention Error'd...

Eric Lai's down with the lamb: [Eyes higher, please -Ed.]

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Office 2010 is scheduled for the first half of next year ... [The] beta ... will become available in the third quarter.

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Microsoft is investing $7.7 billion in research and development for Office -- double its investment in Windows -- to broaden the Office 2010 menu and create an unprecedented number of choices so that companies have no financial excuse to switch from Office to a cheaper rival ... Office 2010 will run on Windows 7, Vista and XP ... will come in both 64-bit and 32-bit flavors ... will come in a Google Docs-like Web version.
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That last point caught the attention of Gavin Clarke:

Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that Office Web applications ... will be ready for testing ... in the third-quarter ... for Firefox and Safari in addition to Internet Explorer, and will be able to run on Apple's iPhone.

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Microsoft also called the Office 2010 family an important milestone in the company's commitment to interoperability principles. Microsoft said it's achieved this by implementing new document format standards and also by publishing full implementation notes and a "great deal" of technical documentation through the Open Specification Promise for third parties.
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Nick Shelness gazes upon Exchange 2010:

Maintaining the integrity of, and timely access to, a user’s message store has been a major dilemma for Exchange over the years. Exchange lagged badly behind Lotus Notes/Domino.

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With an additional 70% reduction in disk I/O ... Exchange 2010 ... has finally broken free of its disk I/O straitjacket ... [It] is able to employ much cheaper EDI (SATA) as opposed to SCSI and Fiber Channel disks ... [It] is able to support “shared nothing” replication, via “log replay,” of mailbox databases both within and between data centers for load balancing and much more rapid post-disaster availability ... [But] achieving the benefits requires a fairly major change of mindset among Exchange deployment architects. This is especially the case when replacing expensive SAN-based disk drives and SNAP-based backups with directly attached SATA disk drives and multisite replication.
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But IBM's Ed Brill is less impressed:

Is that it? ... I can't help but be left with an "is that it" feeling in reading all the coverage of the Exchange 2010 beta.  Microsoft has made small, incremental improvements in Exchange over the last nine years.  The addition of unified messaging has impressed almost no one... I don't see case studies nor hear customers saying that they chose Exchange 2007 for those features in the first place.

Which means, customers have been paying nine years of software assurance for what exactly?
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Julie Bort brought news of SharePoint:

As for officially announced details of what we can expect in SharePoint 2010, not much was said ... Senior vice president Chris Capossela ... hinted that Microsoft intends to make licensing changes so that users will pay the same per-seat costs no matter how SharePoint is delivered.
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Anthony Ha laughs at Redmond's product naming:

Given Microsoft’s last big naming announcement, when it said the operating system code-named Windows 7 would in fact be named Windows 7, you might expect that the suite of productivity software code-named Office 14 would also be named Office 14. But no, the software giant decided to mix things up a bit.

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It’s not hard to figure out when Microsoft wants to start selling the product.
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And finally...

Previously in IT Blogwatch:

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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/adviser/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and spam. A 23 year, cross-functional IT veteran, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him on Twitter, pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, or just use boring old email: blogwatch@richi.co.uk.

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