US giant ready to conquer

The nature of these partnerships has yet to be defined but unless you have had your head in the sand for the last decade you will know Microsoft pursues business opportunities with vigour.

So its expansion in the UK should make the likes of Tenon and Jobtel sit up and take notice, though it’s by no means clear that Microsoft’s ambitions extend as far as consolidation.

Sage should also pay attention. It’s successful accountants club could be mirrored by the US giant. One thing’s certain; 2001 will not be made less interesting by Microsoft’s ambitions.

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