Earlier this summer, Microsoft (MSFT) officials shared roadmaps for whats coming next with the companys bundle of enterprise online services, currently known as Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). This ZDNet Blog story provides an update on what the company is doing to bring its CRM and ERP products in line with Microsoft-hosted service offerings.
"Now on to the bigger picture. We know that Microsoft is working on refreshing the entire BPOS/Union bundle with the many of the latest features it introduced in the on-premises versions of these products (Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint 2010, and, before the end of this year, Lync Server 2010). We also know thats when Microsoft is going to add some management and other refinements, including two-phase authentication support for the suite. (Two-phase authentication was announced with much fanfare by Google for its Google Apps suite on September 20.)"