Microsoft takeover won't affect Navision customers

Navision's 400 customers in Australia and New Zealand can expect little immediate impact from Microsoft's $2.45 billion acquisition of the business software maker.

Navision has accepted the bid but the company's Australia and New Zealand vice president Garth Laird said it's business as usual.

Laird said Navision's local operation is likely to retain its independence because it would report directly to Microsoft's Seattle-based business solutions group, not the software giant's Australian entity.

He also said Navision's products were already fully Microsoft compatible.

Laird said it would become known whether Navision would be re-branded as Microsoft as the companies carried out the integration process over the next two to four months. Local staffing levels will not be changed from the current 40, as well as 600 sales channel partners since the company conducts all of its sales through retail partners.

"If anything, I'm continuing to recruit people to do our business here," he said.

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