This announcement caught my eye today…a good summary of what’s on the road ahead.

Microsoft Unleashes the Power of Innovation and Integration to Industry Partners at Its Worldwide Partner Conference 2005
Product launches slated for the next 18 months will move technology beyond individual applications to a total solution stack of integrated, innovative software applications.

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-08WWPC05Day1PR.mspx