There was a big push on the Hosted Solutions platform that MS are pushing into under the Live banner. Windows Live and Office Live
Windows Live will have 20 new offerings by the end of the year.
CRM Will be offered as a hosted product using web and Outlook clients.
The emphasis is that this change is coming – not now but in the next 5 to 10 years so partners have to get used to the change. The message was change and adapt to the change or die.
It was emphasized that there will still be lots of scope within a hosted solution for partners to customise and adapt the product to meet customers requirements and there will be a number of different selling options. These will range from referal rewards to being able to do the hosting.
There is also a NEW CAL Licence coming – no detail at this session though.