In a press release last week, Microsoft announced it’s plans to have Comcast bundle some of the MS Live services that directly compete with the very same solutions many Microsoft SBSC Partners currently make a living off of. Comcast will deliver these SaaS and MSP services/solutions FREE of charge to their SMB customers.
Excerpt from PR:
Microsoft Communication Services lets small-business owners focus on running their businesses rather than worrying about IT issues by doing the following:
- Enabling SMB teams to share documents and access calendars, track tasks, and use e-mail efficiently and effectively through corporate-class productivity and collaboration solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
- Removing barriers of up-front costs, help desk support and ongoing system maintenance, which often prevent SMBs from experiencing the benefits of corporate-grade IT services
- Extending the boundaries of the “office” to anywhere there is Internet access
- Improving communication by letting SMBs extend access to these collaboration tools, such as document sharing, to important business partners or suppliers
- Providing full integration with Comcast?s network and around-the-clock support
Now I’m wondering how long before Comcast starts bundling MS Office upgrades, network integration services and managed LAN IT services.
One of our core company values here at Tech Care Team is to ALWAYS do what is right for the customer, but in this case does that mean we should just go sign a Comcast reseller agreement and tell our Microsoft Partner managers that there is no need to renew our Certified Partner status next year, or should I just go all the way and start adding Google Apps to our portfolio?
ODG, was Vlad actually right?