Microsoft's reticence to comment on any timelines of product integration and operations mergers, to our belief, stems from their genuine inability to foresee it at this stage. Still, although the indications that the business will continue to be as usual are strong, Microsoft may eventually decide to streamline its diverse, likely redundant, product mix, staff, and channel. Once Microsoft figures it out and gets a much clearer picture, it should emerge as a mid-market leader making its competitors scramble to better its value proposition.
with IBM. Also, as Axapta runs on Unix and Oracle DB (in addition to Microsoft's platforms), it will be interesting to watch how Microsoft will handle the support for these adversarial technologies under its roof. Furthermore, contrary to Great Plains' acquisition, this one brings about many more ramifications and liabilities. One will likely be uncertain and confused while, e.g., watching Microsoft Business Solutions' commercial on CNN some time in the future, to discern which one amongst the handful