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Microsoft Announces Availability of Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains 8.0 for Australian businesses

  • 24 August, 2004 12:21

<p>Coolum, Queensland – 24 August, 2004 – At its annual Australia and New Zealand Partner Conference, Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains® 8.0, a cross-industry financial management solution for Australian businesses.</p>
<p>“This is a milestone release for Great Plains because as well as offering more than 120 product enhancements it also provides a new interface similar to Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003,” said Claire Kennedy, Microsoft Australia product manager for Microsoft Great Plains. “The familiar, easy to use interface and other key enhancements are a direct result of Microsoft’s commitment to development based on customer feedback. Together, the innovations and usability will help customers streamline processes and improve overall business productivity.”</p>
<p>Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 delivers improved usability, richer functionality for distribution and project accounting and improved analytics. Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 provides customers with a more comprehensive view of inventory that allows tighter control over the distribution process. Time and effort spent on core accounting tasks can be reduced with the ability to use existing transactions as the basis for new ones, as well as to quickly void, delete, correct or change journal entries while maintaining full audit control.</p>
<p>“We have shown customers Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 at our InTouch user group as well as at the online seminar and feedback is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic,“ said Michael Foertsch, Professional Advantage, an Australian supplier of business management solutions. “Customers can’t wait to get their hands on the product and remark that the new look and feel is intuitive. We are very excited on the prospects for Microsoft Great Plains 8.0.”</p>
<p>Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 offers enhanced integration with other Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Business Solutions Business Portal 2.5 and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Business Portal 2.5 released to manufacturing on 16 August 2004, further enables employee productivity with new modules for online requisition management, time and expense entry and approval, and electronic delivery of sales documents to customers. Together, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 enable users to build template-based communications in Microsoft Word or easily attach maps and directions for sales, delivery and service call routes with Microsoft MapPoint®.</p>
<p>Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 will ship with Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics-FRx® 6.7, which includes four major enhancements: a new FRx Report Manager module, improvements to the FRx Currency Translation module, tighter integration with Microsoft Office Excel 2003, and upgraded support for the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) 2.0 taxonomy. These reporting options provide businesses with greater control of the financial reporting process and better financial visibility.</p>
Microsoft Great Plain 8.0 is immediately available in Australia and New Zealand. Interested customers should visit to find a certified partner for information about cost and deployment. Microsoft Business Portal 2.5 is scheduled for release later this year.</p>
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<p>About Microsoft Business Solutions
Microsoft Business Solutions offers integrated business applications and services that allow small and midsize organisations and divisions of large enterprises to connect employees, customers and suppliers for improved efficiency. The financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management and analytics applications work with Microsoft products such as Office and Windows® to streamline processes across an entire organisation, giving businesses insight to respond rapidly, plan strategically and execute quickly. Microsoft Business Solutions applications are delivered through a worldwide network of channel partners that provide specialised services and local support tailored to a company’s needs.</p>
<p>About Microsoft’s Australia and New Zealand Partner Conference
Microsoft’s Australia and New Zealand Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Australia and New Zealand Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More information can be found at</p>
<p>About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.</p>
<p>For further information:
Stephen Rodi
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3828 or 0416 008 500</p>
<p>Shannon Rudd
Product PR Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2451 or 0410 533 055</p>

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