This isn't a discussion about the way firms can solve the shortage of staff they face. It's about the big company that needs help serving the CPA market--Microsoft.

Microsoft is back for another try at the accounting market. It is planning to introduce Microsoft Small Business Financials sometime next year, to compete in the low-cost software arena. And it has some plans to involve CPAs in the effort, something it hasn't actively tried for several years. The outlines of the program haven't emerged. But there is a hint about where the company is going.

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