The award for best repeated use of the word eviscerate goes
to... Stewart McKie for his post "Green" is a Smokescreen. Snippet:
The portfolio of software assets that Microsoft acquired and assembled into Microsoft Business Solutions (including Axapta, FRx, Great Plains, MS CRM, Navision, and Solomon) are experiencing a slow evisceration. It's the kind of process that only Microsoft, with its deep cash reserves and 'long game' approach to the market, could stomach. In order to understand why Microsoft would disembowel these assets, it helps to understand the dynamics of today's ERP market.
(damn creepy writing, man.)
The main point I take out of this article is that Microsoft's business solutions (curious acquisitions that haven't paid off except for buying a
customer base) are going to be slowly eviscerated (and served with fava beans and a nice Chianti, I guess) in favor of moving all of those solutions over to an Office System platform.
Making Office a platform is a done deal and seems to be the chosen evolutionary path of the group, end-user features be damned. I hope there's a level of platform indirection here because otherwise customers and partners are going to find themselves so incredibly tightly coupled with a particular release of Office System (along with its quirks and bugs) that there is absolutely positively no way they'll ever upgrade either the Office or the OS.