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.
In fact, IBM and Linux resellers may benefit in the long run, becoming bigger nightmares for Microsoft while reinforcing Mircrosoft's paranoia, than, e.g., the contest between .NET and J2EE frameworks. As a matter of interest, in February, Navision and IBM announced an alliance to deliver affordable, integrated e-business solutions to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) based on IBM eServer platforms. While the acquisition in case will likely dissolve this alliance, there are so many other vendors itching