Feeds

Vista, Office and Exchange 2007 to help struggling Brits

You've never had it so good

Website security in corporate America

Microsoft has pitched its first operating system in five years plus updates to productivity and collaboration tools as key to solving an apparent UK malaise.

Launching Windows Vista, 2007 Office System and Exchange Server 2007 in London, MGordon Frazer, Microsoft's UK managing director, claimed improvements to its software would increase UK workers' productivity, translating into improved economic performance.

He told press at the London leg of the official global launch: "The people that work in business need to be supported by their information tech tools... We believe our new software is about unlocking the potential of people."

The event was themed around information management under the company's "people-ready business". Microsoft hyped Office and Exchange and glossed over the delayed Windows Vista that most users can't get until January. The company has spent £10bn R&D on the trio - the "biggest launch to business Microsoft has ever done," according to Frazer.

He cherry-picked some interesting high-level data from The Conference Board and London School of Economics to "prove" the UK is lagging the US and Europe. The way to catch up? Get better desktop, personal productivity and collaboration software from Microsoft.

Eighty per cent of the productivity difference between the US and UK comes from use of IT, and UK workers' output lags those in France and Germany. "We are not as good as other countries at turning innovation into productivity." Frazer said.

Here comes the software bit... according to some Microsoft research 79 per cent of customers believe the new interfaces in Windows Vista, Office and Exchange will improve peoples' productivity, 75-80 per cent will spend less time scheduling meetings in Exchange 2007, and there'll be 60-65 per cent fewere clicks and mouse journeys in Office 2007.

In other words, Microsoft is using a new interface to expose many existing functions in Office that users didn't know existed or found too hard to use. Office replaces many menus with a "ribbon" and icons. Among the genuine improvements, integration between Office and Microsoft's CRM means that users can view business data at the same time as their Outlook diary and to-do-lists.

Also, there's improved search in Windows Vista and SharePoint, and online collaboration through Groove Workspaces for employees and partners, which offers threaded discussions, issue tracking, and document libraries shared with SharePoint. Microsoft stressed security by working virtually, and of using BitLocker in Windows Vista to encrypt a PC hard drive in case the machine is lost or stolen, plus the ability to specify who can access documents to prevent leaks and stolen IP. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.