Until this week, most people would probably say that Sage Software had the most confusing name change in the history of mid-market accounting. Microsoft has decided to give Sage a run for its money.All of this makes sense from the corporations' points of view. But pity the poor resellers trying to sell software and the end users who are trying to separate out competing claims.

Sage, you may remember, got on the name change road in 2000 by buying what was then Best Software and the former State of the Art. Together, they became Sage Software, until the company lost the rights to the name in this country. The aggregated company became Best Software, until Sage this year was able to settle with the company that had beaten it in court. So now we are back to Sage Software.

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