Monday, June 26, 2006

Microsoft Unveils LOBi to Unite 3rd Party Apps with Office

Microsoft, perhaps buoyed by good early feedback of its "Duet" product that turns its Office suite into an interface with SAP's ERP applications, has designs on doing something similar for other business applications. At the Tech Ed conference last week, Microsoft announced its strategy for a new line of business interoperability (LOBi), tools for further transforming Office into a front-end for Microsoft's own products, as well as making it an interface with third-party ERP, CRM, SCM, and business intelligence and content management systems.

LOBi will build on, and help to tie together, various products coming out of Redmond in the coming year, including Office 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007, both due out in October; Exchange Server 2007, a second beta of which is due out next month; and Office Live Communications Server "12," which is due out next year.

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