And in news of yet more releases, the Windows SharePoint Services Solution Kit for hosting providers is now available. This offering, downloadable on CodePlex, provides 40+ application templates geared to be utilized as offers by Web hosting providers.
Check it out today at http://www.codeplex.com/SharePointHosters.
For my official post on Web Hosting, I wanted to chronicle some of the efforts we have had ongoing around Longhorn Server Beta 3, which shipped yesterday (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/longhorn/default.mspx). E-Week presented a great article on this and some of our team’s efforts with respect to this launch – available at http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2122094,00.asp.
One of the key aspects was the IIS 7 Go-Live program, which has allowed hosting providers to provide offers based on IIS 7 and Longhorn Server Beta 3 today. Some of those participating in this program include:
- Applied Innovations (available now)
- DiscountASP.net (available now)
- HostMySite.com (available now)
- MaximumASP (available now)
- And many more coming soon!
This just goes to show how baked the technology is – as it is literally in production today in multiple places on Beta 3. So, I would highly enoucrage you to go check out getting your Web site hosted on the most major revision of IIS since 4.0 came out years ago.
And if you are a hosting provider and would like to participate, visit http://www.iis.net/default.aspx?tabid=7&subtabid=79 today!
I have been quiet, but it’s all done in the sake of working on cool stuff that I can’t yet talk about. 😉 As they say at the movie theatre, silence is golden.
What I will say is that in addition to continue to work on all things e-commerce, I have taken on some new responsibilities at Microsoft in the Web space over the last month. Things are now sufficiently baked in terms of internal communication that it is a good time to start blogging about it.
Specifically, I am now also working on the Web Hosting space – which is a large and fascinating market filled with several unique customer segments (comprising shared, dedicated, and virtual dedicated – through either application or operating system virtualization) and quite a few interesting technological challenges.
So does this mean any wavering in my focus on e-commerce? Not at all – it just means twice as much energy towards furthering the Microsoft Web platform for our customers to cover two principal areas of focus instead of one. Now, if only I could alter the space time continuum to double my working hours…
Be seeing you – with a lot more content soon.
Linking from my update on the Commerce Team blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/commerce/archive/2007/04/24/mix-silverlight-and-commerce-server-2007-at-mix-07-in-las-vegas-next-week.aspx – be sure to stop by and see us at Mix ’07 if you are there or in Las Vegas next week.
You’ll get a great overview of how rich interactive application technology vis a vis Silverlight and Commerce Server can go together to develop next-generation multi-channel experiences.
I’ll be specifically partnering with our good colleagues at Cactus Commerce to show the next-generation multi-channel story demonstrated at the National Retail Federation (NRF) show in January – but this time with a behind-the-scenes technical look.