New Directions on Microsoft Report Analyzes How Microsoft Phases Out Products

    Independent Report Reviews Microsoft Enterprise Software Roadmap and
Sunset Strategy

    KIRKLAND, Wash., June 1 /CNW/ -- For IT leaders about to invest in new IT
projects that rely or compete against Microsoft software, knowing how to
identify those Microsoft products are likely to survive and those Microsoft is
likely to abandon is critical information. Directions on Microsoft explains
why and how Microsoft recently phased out a dozen products, providing
important clues Microsoft customers and partners can use to figure out the
"Darwin scores" of current Microsoft products before making expensive
investments. "Microsoft's Darwinian product development process frequently
results in multiple organizations working on similar technologies," said Matt
Rosoff, Research Vice President, Directions on Microsoft. "Our clients need to
spot the winners and losers sooner rather than later."

    This report, "How Microsoft Phases Out Products," analyzes competitors
who have faced down Microsoft in the marketplace -- such as Intuit -- and
examines how factors such as time-to-market and market share affect
Microsoft's product roadmap.  "Avoiding a dead-end technology is a challenging
task without in-depth analysis and market understanding," said Darryl Lemecha,
CIO and SVP, Vertafore, Inc.  "This article, as well as other research from
Directions on Microsoft helps me maximize my investments in Microsoft
technology and saves me valuable time and money."

    Current subscribers will receive the report as part of their service.
Non-Directions on Microsoft subscribers may view the report from the firm's
website here:
se s-out-products.html .

    About Directions on Microsoft
    Directions on Microsoft is the only independent organization in the world
devoted exclusively to tracking Microsoft. Directions has studied Microsoft
since 1992. Its team of Microsoft experts provides clear, concise, and
actionable analysis of shifts in Microsoft strategy, Microsoft product and
technology roadmaps, delivery schedules, organizational changes, marketing
initiatives, and licensing and other policies, so you can quickly assess how
they impact your business. Thousands of companies worldwide - including
corporate purchasers of Microsoft products, system integrators, software
vendors, hardware manufacturers, network operators, venture capitalists, and
financial analysts - trust Directions on Microsoft for accurate and unbiased
Microsoft research and analysis to guide their strategic decisions.


    Rebecca Duffy
    Public Relations Manager
    Directions on Microsoft
    +1 425 739 4669


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