Microsoft Roadmap Update

Author: Scott Braden

RCP Magazine has posted a very handy update to Microsoft’s upcoming product release plans.  This is of special interest to customers who are planning Enterprise Agreement (EA) or Software Assurance (SA) renewals in 2012.

Note that Windows 8, Office 15, Windows Server8 , and Exchange 15 release dates have slipped from the previous guidance – now expecting late in 2012 or early 2013.

My bet is that Microsoft will make sure that Windows 8 releases in time for Christmas.  This means that we should start seeing PC OEMs announcing coupons and/or free upgrade guarantees for customers who buy Windows 7 machines, sometime in the 4th quarter.  I’ll be watching for Microsoft’s announcements regarding enterprise customer options for continuing to use Windows 7 in 2013.

If your Microsoft Agreement(s) are expiring / renewing in 2012, get in touch with NET(net) now to ensure you have the latest market intelligence and optimization support for this key area of IT spending.

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