Next-generation Microsoft business apps get 'Green' light

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Microsoft will this week lift the lid on its Project Green strategy to create a suite of next-generation business applications.

The upcoming product line will be built on a new "global" code base and appear around the time of the Longhorn version of Windows, currently targetted for 2005/6 timeframe. Project Green will pull together the functionality of Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains, Navision and Solomon products.

One Microsoft source has been quoted as claiming: “Green is to be the brand new product line that replaces all of the above GreatPlains/Navision/Solomon accounting, finance and ERP applications."

Project Green will also build on the emerging Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) which is currently being worked on by 300 Microsoft developers. Development work on Green is being split between Copenhagen (where Navision was based), Fargo, and Redmond.

Microsoft executives plan to talk more about the future of Green and MBF at the Microsoft Momentum partner conference in New Orleans.

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