Wednesday, October 31, 2007

88 Million Copies, What can you say?

– There are 10,000 customers in the Customer Technical Preview (CTP) program for PerformancePoint Server, its new business intelligence offering.

88 Million Copies, What can you say?

If the purchase rate based on these customers is 5%, Microsoft is looking at $15-$30 million dollars worth of license sales for PerformancePoint.  Something tells me it will be much higher... now that Proclarity is in the mix for "free"

Microsoft won a patent battle in the spring against Timeline.  This may affect them in the future though, if Timeline decides to appeal.  Plus they're still going after Proclarity, now owned by Microsoft.

More info:

Federal Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of Microsoft in Timeline Suit


Timeline Inc. announced that the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a partial summary judgment in Timeline Inc. vs. ProClarity Corporation. The import of the court's decision is that Timeline's Patent License Agreement (Patent Agreement) with Microsoft Corporation cannot be terminated, and that Timeline's August 2006 termination of the license based on Microsoft's breach of it was therefore ineffective. The court held that Timeline's remedy for any alleged breaches would be to seek damages. Consequently, the court dismissed claims of patent infringement against Microsoft. The federal court also then declined to exercise jurisdiction over state law claims between Timeline and Microsoft, including Timeline's claims for breach of contract, and dismissed them without prejudice to refilling of the claims in state court. This allows Timeline to pursue its claims of material breaches of the Patent Agreement in Washington State courts and to seek damages for breach rather than damages for patent infringement. Timeline had also claimed damages against Microsoft for breach of a separate agreement, under which Timeline wrote the Microsoft Small Business Financial Manager (SBFM Agreement). This cause of action was also dismissed without prejudice to refilling in state court by the federal court's ruling. The ruling does not affect Timeline's claims in the same suit for patent infringement against ProClarity Corporation, which is now a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. Those claims are set for trial in October 2007.

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