Microsoft Business Solutions Updates Great Plains SuiteBy Renee Boucher Ferguson | Print
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Upgrade features beefier acounting modules and improved integration with Redmond's Office and Portal 2.5.Microsoft Business Solutionsthe small and mid-sized business applications arm of Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday the availability of Great Plains 8.0.
According to the company, the upgraded suite comes with some 120 enhancements that amount to more functionality for distribution, manufacturing and project accounting; better usability throughout the suite; and integration with the Microsoft's Portal 2.5 and Office 2003.
Most notably, the upgraded suite has a new look and feel that is tailored to that of Office Outlook 2003lending a familiarity to the new interface. The integration with Office also lets users attach maps and directions from Microsoft MapPoint to documents.
Available now in North America, Great Plains 8.0 will be released in some countries in the U.K., Latin America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand later this year. The Standard Edition of the softwaregeared toward what Microsoft refers to as the smaller mid-marketis priced at about $4,500 for a single-user solution. The Professional Edition, slated more for mid-market customers, starts at $6,500 per user.
Great Plains is one of four ERP suites under Microsoft's Business Solutions division. The other three product linesNavision, Axapta and Solomon, will see upgrades later this year and next.
The whole of MBS' suites, which includes Microsoft CRM, is in the midst of "Project Green," a code-base rewrite and unification effort expected to be complete sometime in 2006.