MS Business Solutions preps basic application packages

Microsoft is preparing "standard editions" of its Great Plains, Navision and Solomon products to streamline its offerings for...

Microsoft is preparing "standard editions" of its Great Plains, Navision and Solomon products to streamline its offerings for companies with up to 100 employees.

The basic versions of the software, due out later this year, replace existing entry-level products including Great Plains Standard Edition and Navision Standard Edition.

"Microsoft Business Solutions is streamlining its lower midmarket offerings by introducing unified pricing, packaging, marketing and branding," a Microsoft Business Solutions spokeswoman said.

Great Plains and Navision are software companies that were acquired by Microsoft in the past few years as part of the company's move to enter the enterprise software market.

Microsoft talked about standardising packaging and pricing of the applications at its global partner conference in September last year, two months after it bought Navision.

The standard editions are aimed at companies with up to 100 employees, with less than $25m (£16m) in revenue and fewer than 10 licensed users. The applications are meant to help companies manage finances, customer relationships and inventories.

"Microsoft knows that there is a large segment of the market, namely the lower end of the midmarket, that remains underserved by ERP solution providers due to price points and complex functionality," the Microsoft spokeswoman said.


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