Does anyone else have a problem with Microsoft's attitude here?
From Reseller News: Monetise our innovation: Turner
OK... starts out with the subheading of “I see monetisation. I can smell it and hear it," says Microsoft COO
That already doesn't set well with me... Where's the money coming from? Customers needing Microsoft and partners.
Billions of dollars of opportunities await partners through the products Microsoft has released in the past year and those it plans to launch in the next 12 months, says COO Kevin Turner.
According to Turner, a “frenzy of opportunities” await partners who “monetise” the company’s latest innovations such as Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007, as well as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, due out next February.
Microsoft put more than US$20 billion of previous years’ research and development into products released in the last year, says Turner, adding “this is the year that we’re going to monetise that innovation.
“I see monetisation. I can smell it and hear it.”
Vista alone represents a US$300 billion partner opportunity over the next year, says Turner, citing a report by IDC.
Let me understand... Microsoft (rather, IDC) expects customer spending related to Vista alone to be $300 BILLION in the next year? And what exactly is the customer getting for all that money?
Turner meanwhile said that Microsoft partners helped attract more than 2.5 million email users from IBM’s Lotus Notes software to Exchange Server, adding the company aims is to take out another four million Notes seats this year.
Turner also promised Microsoft will continue to increase its $7 billion annual investment on software research and development, and that it will make available a “clear software road map”.
OK... not terribly fond of the Notes quote, but that's business. But it's nice to hear that they'll get a clearer road map for $7 BILLION a year...