Microsoft Sets Its SMB Priorities

Microsoft has heaped a lot on its small/mid-size business (SMB) plate for the next few years. Here's the to-do list.

The Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division has set itself an ambitious roadmap, running through calendar 2006. And company officials detailed a number of its upcoming milestones at its worldwide partner conference last month.

Much of MBS work will involve stitching together products from Great Plains, Navision, FRx Software and bCentral — all of which are now under the MBS umbrella.

But there are a few major product launches on tap, too. MS CRM 2.0 is currently slated for arrival some time between July and September 2004. Great Plains 8.0 (which Microsoft demonstrated earlier this year at its Convergence customer conference) is slated to go live around the same time (July to September 2004). Microsoft Business Portal 2.0 is on tap for arrival some time between January and March 2004.


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