Microsoft Lobbies Small-Business Software Vendors
The company is continuing its campaign to recruit more ISVs, including ones that can add value to new small-business products due this fall.Microsoft is continuing its campaign to lobby software vendors to write applications that build on top of the companys products. This week, Microsoft invited 250 ISVs to its Redmond, Wash., headquarters to give them a head start on the developing applications that can be integrated into forthcoming Microsoft small-business products. Microsoft is encouraging partners to integrate with Microsoft Office SBA (Small Business Accounting) and Microsoft Office SBME (Small Business Management Edition), code-named "Magellan."
SBME will bundle Office SBA with an updated version of Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager and Office 2003. Both products are due to ship this fall.