http://www.channelinsider.com/c/a/Microsoft/VARs-Eye-Boom-in-Hosted-Microsoft-Exchange-Business/

Interesting article from the VAR perspective of Microsoft's move into delivering services to customers.

"they said, the fact that Microsoft was getting into the game both validated the market and was sure to increase awareness that such services are a viable option for businesses.  That's the kind of promotion Microsoft partners, even the big ones, can't buy for themselves.