ZDNet reports that Microsoft CFO (New Zealander!) Chris Liddell said Yahoo, assuming it is acquired by the software giant, will play a big software as a service role in the combined company.Liddell, speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, said that “clearly, software as a service is going to be a bigger component of the business going forward.” Part of that comment was pegged to today’s news about Microsoft’s online service plans. Liddell said that Microsoft views Yahoo as one on-ramp to delivering SaaS.

The plans announced today seem much more Software + Services orientated than pureplay SaaS but perhaps Liddell’s comments are a start to MS being more open about SaaS itself?

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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