Many older computer industry veterans (meaning people over the age of 40) probably remember the Osborne computer. The brainchild of Adam Osborne, what was then considered a portable computer (24 pounds) was a spectacular hit and then tanked with equal fanfare when the company pre-announced its next generation product while the first one was still on the market.

Microsoft Business Solutions has a next generation product in the labs, one designed to provide different flavors of its accounting software, currently called Great Plains, Solomon, Axapta, and Navision, to run on a common engine. Given the public timetable for the product, many resellers are betting NextGen doesn’t become a real market factor until 2007.

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