Here's another snippet from the piece, where I raise an issue that I've not seen anyone else considering yet, that Microsoft's focus on SharePoint 2010 as Offfice's integration hub looks set to put them on yet another collision course with anti-trust regulators:
Microsoft has done a lot in Office 2010 to integrate the various Office applications with the Microsoft stack. However, this does mean that you need to have the full Microsoft stack to get the most from Office 2010. You won't get Outlook's MailTips without Exchange 2010, and you won't be able to use any of the co-working features in Word and PowerPoint without SharePoint 2010 or Microsoft's online Office service. If you want to talk to collaborators, Office 2010's presence features require Office Communications Server and Office Communicator. It'll be interesting to see how anti-trust organisations around the world react to this level of integration — especially in light of the European Union Competition Commission's recent decisions.Australian readers will also be able to see just what applications you get in which version.