Ron Markezich, CIO and vice president of managed solutions at Microsoft, said the upcoming e-mail and SharePoint offerings will beat the company’s planned desktop manager solution.
"We want to expand the portfolio. We'll run e-mail, SharePoint, LCS [Live Communications Service] and desktop manager, but the desktop is actually harder than e-mail," Markezich said in an interview at the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego. "Desktop is a big change."
Nothing will materialize in 2006, and it will be several years before a complete managed-solutions platform is up and running, he said.
The desktop manager offering--incubated and in production at battery maker Energizer, Microsoft's first and only paying managed-solution customer--has been more complex to develop than anticipated and won't be generally available for some time, Markezich said.