Microsoft senior executives said in an Internet conference this evening it will revamp its ecommerce strategy to better serve the needs of small businesses on the Web.
Speaking from San Francisco, Bob Herbold, executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced Microsoft will focus on serving businesses in three ways, through products such as Windows 2000 and Site Server Ecommerce Edition - now renamed Ecommerce Server.
Herbold announced a new initiative called Biztalk, a framework for supply chain type applications to talk to each other. It will be based on XML, eliminating the integration problems associated with EDI.
?It is a gigantic opportunity because it enables companies to operate links with suppliers more efficiently," he said.
Herbold also announced a partnership with Claris and Mastercard, built on Ecommerce Server to offer applications for procurement and payment online.
Microsoft will also partner with Peoplesoft to launch an enterprise portal, using Microsoft products, called Peoplesoft Business Network.
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