Software Briefs: Accredo, Plumtree, Office XP

Software Briefs: Accredo, Plumtree, Office XP

Accredo Saturn launched

New Zealand-based accounting software developer Profax released its new flagship suite Accredo Saturn at this week's CeBIT conference in Sydney. Accredo builds on the product's predecessor, Profax Accountancy Software, which has an estimated 3,000 users in Asia-Pacific, according to the company. The product has incorporated centralised management for branch office connectivity and features an upgraded proprietary database. Accredo Saturn was developed in conjunction with customer and channel feedback, according to David Fenton-Wells, NSW state manager of Profax distributor 4iT. Profax enables companies to suggest a "wish-list" of features they would like in the next edition of the software. Targeted at the mid-enterprise market, Accredo is designed to operate with all current Microsoft operating systems and has a user-friendly interface, officials said.

Plumtree offers .Net toolkit

Plumtree Software will release a free Microsoft .Net Gadget Development Kit (GDK) in Q3 that will enable developers to write .Net Web services that integrate with Plumtree's enterprise portal software. Using the GDK, developers can write Web services in any .Net-compliant language, according to the company. Plumtree announced a beta version of the tool kit last week. The GDK includes documentation, .Net Gadget Web Service code samples and libraries for portal communication.

Office XP sells 60 million

Microsoft has announced that the first 12 months of selling Office XP has yielded the company 60 million new customers. If the figure is correct, it is over twice as many as the software monolith sold in the first year of offering Office 2000 to the market. Microsoft claims the software has been more popular than previous incarnations of Office due to its integration with the SharePoint Portal Server and other applications, as well as new features such as smart tags.

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