OK... this must be the latest version of "real collaboration" from Microsoft...
Sean Harris emailed me about an eWeek article about Microsoft's Office 2007 suite. In the article, we get this rich quote from Microsoft's John Cairns, senior director of licensing and pricing in Microsoft's Information Worker division:
Asked about the large number of offerings, Cairns said customers have been telling Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., about the changing nature of their work and their new and diverse needs. "We believe these offerings will provide the flexibility customers need to meet all of their needs," he said.
There are three new offerings among the seven Microsoft Office client suites, two of which are specifically targeted at business users. The new Office Professional Plus 2007 has a number of enhancements, most notably the addition of server-enabled capabilities that allow customers to do things like document routing and approval, create electronic forms and pass those around, and publish spreadsheets more easily, he said.
Microsoft, however, considers the new Office Enterprise 2007 suite "the biggest news for the enterprise" as it contains all the software found in Office Professional Plus 2007 as well as two additional applications: Office OneNote and the new Office Groove, which are aimed at to boost collaboration and mobility for users. "We believe that this will be the benchmark suite for those companies that take collaboration seriously," he said.
Um... sure... New release of products that have had little to no traction in the marketplace, and *that* is the new benchmark of collaboration?