Six out of 10 independent software suppliers that work with Microsoft are building an interface with Outlook for their users, according to Steve Morrow, the head of Microsoft's independent software supplier group in the UK.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it had built a series of interfaces using a range of Office applications to enable users to access enterprise-wide SAP systems.
This summer, Staffordshire County Council was the first organisation in the UK to announce that it would use the interfaces, which are known as Duet, to access its SAP system.
Last week, 1st Software, a supplier of customer relationship management software for independent financial advisers, became the first independent software supplier to launch an application that could be accessed through Outlook.
All applications being developed use Microsoft's .net 2.0 technology.