Microsoft Corporation has been the leader in the development of software products for a very long time. The company's goal is to have “every computer on every desk and home running on Microsoft software.�? With its state-of-the-art developments such as Microsoft .NET, Exchange, and SharePoint, Microsoft is surely moving closer to its goal.
Microsoft .NET was introduced to the world in June 2000 as a new Internet and Web software framework. It is only completely available in Windows OS and partly accessible in Macintosh and Linux. The Common Language Runtime (CLR) is the core element of Microsoft .NET, which features Common Intermediate Language allowing several languages to work synchronously.
Microsoft .NET has changed the whole concept of storing applications and data - from a computer to the Internet. There will be no need to buy software for applications but instead, you subscribe to it and get access through the Internet via remote servers. The Microsoft .NET already has 6 versions: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and the latest which is 4.0.
Microsoft Exchange is one of the most important collaborative and messaging softwares being used by businesses. It features communication functions such as e-mail, mobile support, Internet access, and data terminals. Microsoft Exchange versions are: 4.0 (1996), 5.0 (1997), 5.5 (1997), 2000 (2000), 2003 (2003 Standard and Enterprise versions), and 2007. Email clients use a proprietary protocol especially made for Microsoft Outlook, which can also be used by advanced clients such as Novell Evolution and Microsoft Entourage (MAC). The use of protocols POP3 and IMAP4 can also be made available for Outlook Express, Lotus, and Mozilla Thunderbird.
The latest version, Microsoft Exchange 2007, boasts of better spam and virus protection, improved technology with a 64-bit performance and measurability. It also has a “unified messaging system�? allowing users to access emails through their mobile phones. With its ActiveSync component, Microsoft Exchange is more convenient for access to emails, voice and fax messages, and work schedules from mobile devices. Mobile phones with Exchange ActiveSync features are: DataViz, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, PalmOne, Motorola, Symbian, Helio, and many others including newer phones such as the Iphone.
Microsoft Office SharePoint is a browser-based program to assist collaboration and control of documents and records. This program can be especially useful in the research and analysis of large volumes of information within a group, such as in intranets. It provides a shared workspace for groups of people or organizations so they can function more efficiently by easy-collaboration and content management. This allows users to have more control in searching, creating, and collaborating information in web-based applications.
Microsoft SharePoint is being marketed as “Collaboration, Processes and People.�? It comes in three editions which are: Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 Standard and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise.