Microsoft Preps for MBN Debut
Microsoft Business Network, a partner-networking system, is set to go beta next month and gold in Q1 2003.MINNEAPOLISMicrosoft Corp.s Business Solutions division is preparing a first beta release of its B2B partner-networking softwareMicrosoft Business Networkfor delivery in October, with the final product expected in the first quarter of next year. MBN, a product developed by the Great Plains Software team within Microsoft Business Solutions, is a kind of electronic data interchange network designed to connect suppliers to their customers. Unlike a traditional EDI system, MBN will offer users a choice of HTML or XML to share their business documents and data. On Thursday, Microsoft executives demonstrated MBN to some of the 2,000 reseller partners attending the companys Stampede conference here.
Underneath the MBN covers are Microsofts .Net Framework and BizTalk Server technologies, company officials said. MBN will provide transaction management via a Microsoft Outlook-based interface.