Microsoft, Intuit Target Small Business, QuickBooks Cloud Computing

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Microsoft and Intuit are going after small businesses and cloud computing with a new deal that combines Intuit's Partner Platform and Microsoft's Windows Azure platform. Developers for .NET and Intuit's Partner Platform, including those that work with QuickBooks will be able to extend the functionality of the company's apps in the cloud and deliver Web-based apps to small businesses.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) are teaming up to deliver Web-based applications to small business customers through the Intuit App Center, calling on their respective .NET and Intuit Partner Platform Developers to extend existing applications such as QuickBooks to make them more useful to small businesses.

The two companies say that developers and channel partners will be able to deliver Web-based solutions to companies that use QuickBooks financial software. Those small businesses will also be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity applications via the Intuit App Center.

The Microsoft and Intuit announcement came the same day that Microsoft urged legislators and the administration to modernize laws in order to advance adoption of cloud computing.

The Microsoft-Intuit deal combines the Intuit Partner Platform and Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform. Intuit says it will name Windows Azure as a "preferred platform" for small business cloud application development on the Intuit Partner Platform.

The companies say they expect these moves to "jump-start development and distribution of new Web-based applications" for small businesses.

The Windows Azure software development kit (SDK) for Intuit Partner Platform is available free of charge today.

Together, Microsoft and Intuit claim an ecosystem of more than 750,000 development firms and channel partners that they say will help applications and services reach the market more quickly.

Microsoft says its developers will get access to a new group of sales prospects looking for small business solutions, and Intuit says its developers will get Microsoft’s cloud platform and tools to boost their productivity and expand the possibilities to extend Intuit’s core application functionality.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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