Microsoft Business Solutions is giving its struggling Small Business Manager software a new name, price promotions and increased marketing to give it a better foothold in the market.
Since SBM was launched more than two-and-a-half years ago, Microsoft has been looking for a formula to boost sales of the product. It has now been renamed Microsoft Business Solutions Small Business Financials North American Edition. Suited for businesses with 10 to 49 employees, SBF is designed to enable small businesses to grow into the company's Great Plains Standard and Professional editions. It will also serve as a bridge from the lower-end Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting package, which is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter, says Jeff Young, general manager at Microsoft Great Plains.
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