Microsoft ERP system delayed until 2006

Microsoft has delayed one of its main enterprise resource planning software systems until 2006.

Microsoft has delayed one of its main enterprise resource planning software systems until 2006.

Microsoft had planned to release the beta version of Axapta 4.0, which will include radio frequency identification technology as one of its main features, during the second quarter of 2005.

However, the company has put back the software's initial release to October 2005, with a general release due to come during the first half of 2006.

Axapta will be the first package from Microsoft's Business Solutions division to have built-in RFID technology. The product is aimed at small and medium-sized manufacturing firms in the food, and construction industries that supply large multinationals.

Blue-chip companies such as Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble have started to roll out RFID in their supply chain to keep a closer track of items. This will require their suppliers to introduce tagged goods to keep track of deliveries.

The Axapta ERP technology comes from one of a handful of ERP companies Microsoft has acquired. In a statement the company said, "As part of our commitment to provide value in Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta 4.0, we have decided to include functionality and improvements beyond the enhancements originally planned."

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