Microsoft updates Navision software

Microsoft Corp. announced Monday upgrades to two of the software products for small and midsize businesses it picked up through its July acquisition of developer Navision Software A/S.

Version 3.0 of Navision's Axapta ERP (enterprise resource planning) software adds a new Enterprise Portal module to the suite. The portal technology is intended to let businesses connect more easily with partners, customers and employees, offering information repositories, discussion forums, and data exchange features.

Also announced Monday is the latest version of Navision's Attain e-business software, renamed Navision 3.60. Aimed at small organizations, Navision 3.60 now includes more robust warehouse management features and an automated data capture system for real-time inventory tracking.

Navision 3.60 has also been integrated more tightly with other Microsoft applications; for example, Microsoft's "Smart Tags" technology allows information stored in Navision 3.60 to be accessed from within Office XP applications including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Navision 3.60 and Axapta are part of the portfolio of Microsoft Business Solutions, a unit devoted to business software for small and midsize companies, a market Microsoft loosely defines as businesses with $1 million to $1 billion in annual revenue.

In December, the unit will release its much-anticipated Microsoft CRM (customer relationship management), Microsoft's bid for entry into the low end of the CRM market.

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