Microsoft’s PerformancePoint Server Makes Deadline

Microsoft Wednesday launched Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, a key component of the company’s business intelligence play around its Office 2007 suite of products.

The delivery was scheduled by the end of summer and they just made it – the product was released as a “community technology preview” or CTP in late June.

PerformancePoint Server 2007 provides integrated scorecarding, analytics and planning capabilities packaged to function as a performance management solution that runs with Microsoft Excel, SQL Server 2005, and SharePoint Server 2007.

Microsoft executives pitched the new server as providing two “opportunities” for partners.

“The first is to help our customers deploy the product successfully …. We also see a sizable opportunity for partners to extend Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 to address needs specific to a particular industry or sub-industry,” Chris Caren, general manager of Microsoft’s Office Business Applications division, said in a statement.

Microsoft also announced it is shipping service packs for two other important products.

First, the company released Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) for download. Microsoft said the update primarily focuses on improving security.

Additionally, Microsoft announced Wednesday at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston that it is shipping SP1 of the .NET Micro Framework 2.0. The service pack is designed to give developers and developers and device-makers the ability to help prevent unsigned firmware or application code from being installed on a device.

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