The table is being set but it will take awhile. Microsoft and Intuit are getting ready for some major battles in the accounting marketplace. The jockeying began about a year ago.

In the case of Microsoft, it was when they acquired Great Plains. That acquisition reflected its decision that rather than developing accounting software application internally, it was better to purchase a major player and have an immediate impact and presence. Microsoft's recent announcement that it was now acquiring Navision was further evidence of this and indicates Microsoft's desire to adopt a similar approach in Europe, where Navision has the overwhelming bulk of its users.

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