Many of us have seen the advertisements for .Net (pronounced dot net, if you've not been exposed to this), the next generation of computing for Microsoft. Few of us can probably explain what it is, although the ads could lead you to believe it stops short of being a cure for cancer, or something equally miraculous.

It will take some time for .Net to hit the market, although accounting software products for .Net, whatever they do different, are already appearing. When it does, most observers expects products, say the accounting software line from Microsoft Business Solutions, such as Great Plains Dynamics, eEnterprise, Solomon, and Navision Axapta and Attain will appear in a significantly different form.

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