Microsoft has launched a new Software Plus Services Architecture Center Web page on its Microsoft Developer Network. The site contains resources for architects and others still trying to figure out just what the Microsoft Software Plus Services (S+S) concept is all about. The Web page was noted last Friday by Neil Hutson, a Redmond-based evangelist and blogger covering Microsoft developer platforms. The new resource is organized around an initial Webinar by Gianpaolo Carraro, director of SaaS architecture in the architecture strategy team at Microsoft. Carraro provided a definition for S+S.
“Software Plus Services is the realization that the world is moving through a model where it won’t always be software on the desktop as it was a few years ago,” he said. “But it won’t be services in the cloud only, as we’ve seen in the first generation of SaaS offerings. The future is a combination of local solutions and Internet services interacting with one another.” Carraro also provided a visual image. Software and services go together like the Chinese concepts of yin and yang.
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