Microsoft has outlined how it plans to develop web-based services for businesses that will complement enterprise software.
Chief technical officer Ray Ozzie told delegates at the software giant’s TechEd 2006 conference that online services would open up a “major era of technology disruption” and would “fundamentally transform the way that we design, deploy, manage and use enterprise infrastructure and business solutions”.
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But Microsoft’s services – under its Live branding – would not be disconnected from existing applications, but instead would be “designed to complement and extend our Windows and Office platforms to the Internet”, Ozzie said.
“We think it's important to provide you the choice of architecture, whether client, server, or service-based to match your specific needs,” he said.
He cited plans to “federate” Microsoft’s Windows Live identity service with Windows Active Directory, to give authenticated users within a business secure access to a range of internet-based services.
It was the beginning of a period when enterprise services and internet services would become “enmeshed and intertwined for the better toward both driving down cost and improving business solution agility”, Ozzie said.