The software will be available through Microsoft Great Plains as a stand-alone product or integrated into back office applications packages. Microsoft partner Onyx has said the new CRM package will have little effect on their current agreement or to Onyx itself.
- Microsoft has extended its partnership with PC manufacturer Evesham, with the launch of six regional Business eXPerience Centres in Altrincham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Evesham, London and Glasgow. At the centres SME owners or managers can try out Evesham e-business systems.
- At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Bill Gates revealed that over 17m copies of Windows XP a had been licensed since its launch on 25 October. According to Microsoft, sales to computer manufacturers are more than 300% higher than Windows 98, and 200% higher than Windows ME over the same period.
- Richard Clarke, George Bush’s cyber security adviser, has asked Bill Gates to be true to his word and make Microsoft products more secure. Clarke also pointed out to security experts at an RSA conference in San Jose that many companies spend less on IT security than on coffee for employees. Microsoft recently announced the availability of patches for three “critical” security holes affecting a number of products, including Windows XP and Internet Explorer 5 and 6.
The drive towards a fully digital tax regime is an admirable one, but mandation is simply wrong, according to one of the UK's most senior tax technology practitioners - Paul Aplin
Barclays has partnered with accounting software company Xero to provide businesses with access to transaction data through its direct feed.
Government's estimate of a £400m admin saving from Making Tax Digital is way off - and is instead a huge cost burden, warns Lamont Pridmore chief executive Graham Lamont
Xero unveiled its expanded global partner programme at Xerocon South, the accounting technology conference in Australasia