Directions on Microsoft has published a very good analysis of the issues facing Microsoft in 2004.  Some quotes:

It has become harder and harder for Microsoft to introduce updates that offer compelling new value and customers perceive many older products such as Office 97 as simply "good enough."  ...
Microsoft no longer has the luxury of providing hazy product roadmaps with shifting deadlines.  ...
Many of Microsoft's most important future products -- an upgrade to its SQL Server Database, storage for Exchange e-mail messages, the file system for Windows PCs -- rely on a next-generation database engine called Yukon. Problem: Yukon, some 3 years in the making so far, isn't in public beta yet. ....
"integrated innovation" increasingly means that customers must upgrade multiple products to get the most functionality out of any of them. For instance, to get the most out of Office 2003, businesses should also upgrade to Windows Server 2003, which in turn requires them to upgrade their e-mail server to Exchange 2003, which means they must also buy Live Communications Server if they were using Exchange for corporate instant messaging.
Link: Directions on Microsoft: MS's top 10 challenges for 2004 >

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