In the 1960s, a Roy Lichtenstein-like poster showed a tearful young woman with the caption, “I can’t believe I forgot to have children.” Perhaps Microsoft’s slogan for its four accounting titles should be, “I can’t believe we forgot to market our products.”

Earlier this month, Doug Burgum, the president of Microsoft Business Solutions, testified at the trial regarding Oracle’s attempted takeover of PeopleSoft. He noted that MBS has delayed Project Green—its much-vaunted next-generation package that is designed to give a common interface to Great Plains, Solomon, Navision, and Axapta. Programming talent is being taken away from Green to beef up the four applications.

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