Microsoft is delaying shipment of its Cedar mainframe-to-NT migration product from mid-summer to an unspecified future date.
The offering, (see Newswire, 21 March), is important to the software giant's enterprise ambitions because it would potentially position Microsoft as a credible player in the high end transaction processing space for the first time.
According to US reports, Cedar is currently in second beta in about 300 customer sites worldwide, mainly in the US, but has now been pushed into another beta cycle. Microsoft is also said to be unsure how to package the product.
But Kirstin Wylie, Microsoft's Back Office product manager, said the company had simply expanded the beta programme to include more users. She was, however, unable to indicate how many users were involved previously or now, or to explain which particular features, if any, were causing problems - except to say it was a "complex product".
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