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Microsoft to Unveil Management Strategy

Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil the next steps in its extensible and interoperable operations management services for its server operating systems and server-based applications next week.

The Redmond-Wash.-based company will reveal its management strategies at a telecommunications and networking event, NetWorld+Interop 2001 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event is being presented by Key3Media Group, Inc.

In a prepared statement, David Hamilton, director of product marketing for management technologies at Microsoft, said "This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to demonstrate its commitment to providing customers with the products and services they need to operate in today's enterprise.

Microsoft said it would introduce a new product that delivers operations management capabilities. Company officials could not be reached by press time.

The conference comes at a time when Microsoft is scheduled to roll-out its Windows XP operating system this summer. The operating system is expected to patch together code found in Windows 98 with Windows 2000, as well as provide new ways of music and video play-back.

In today's announcement, the company said Cliff Reeves, vice president of marketing for Microsoft Windows .NET server product management group, would introduce the new product strategy. Microsoft said it would provide courseware and trainers at its pavilion to educate IT managers in its new services.

Microsoft's Reeves will be joined by other executives at the conference, including Network World's editorial director John Gallant. Intel's CEO Craig Barrett; Gururaj Deshpande, co-founder and chairman, Sycamore Networks, Inc.; Juniper Networks' chairman, president and CEO Scott Kriens; James Richardson, senior vice president, Cisco Systems; SBC Communications senior executive vice president -- services Ross Ireland; and Network World's editorial director John Gallant.

The software giant is expected to demo its drawing and diagramming software product, Microsoft Visio 2002, which was reported as recently released last week. Visio 2001 is the first upgrade since the software giant purchased the product's original manufacturer, Visio Corp. in September 1999.

NetWorld+Interop provides networking, Internet and telecommunications professional buyers with a forum for education and hands-on products and services to make purchase decisions.

The event, which takes place from May 6 to May 11, will include tutorials in TCP/IP, DSL, IP multicast, Voice IP, wireless, security, MPLS, Ethernets, IPv6, QoS, mobility and service provider transport. Key3Media Group said tracks would also include, effective outsourcing, vendor management and building a profitable MAN service.