A friend jokingly commented that Microsoft would name its newly acquired Navision operations, Microsoft Great Danes, as a companion to the company’s Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions unit. It’s a joke that won’t have relevance much longer when the Great Plains name disappears.

All signs are that Great Plains, as a name for a software operation, will be gone by the end of the year. This is the last month that emails sent to greatplains.com addresses will be forwarded to microsoft.com addresses. In March at Convergence, Great Plains’ user conference, about the only person whose nametag read "Microsoft Great Plains" was communications vice president Michael Olsen. All other employees had, "Microsoft, Fargo, N.D." on their badges.

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