Great Plains 8.0 Hits the Street

Microsoft’s business division today announced a new version of Great Plains, a financial management software package. According to the company, the new version of Great Plains, now in version 8.0, offers improved usability and functionality for distribution, manufacturing and project accounting.

Microsoft also claims the new version will integrate more effectively with Microsoft’s Business Portal 2.5 and Microsoft Office 2003.

“With over 120 enhancements, customers will realize enormous value from Microsoft Great Plains 8.0,” said Karen Engel, group product manager with Microsoft Business Solutions.

Microsoft has updated the Great Plains 8.0 interface with a new look and feel designed to give customers an environment similar to Outlook 2003. The software also offers a more comprehensive view of inventory designed to give customers tighter control over distribution and manufacturing processes.

Integration with Other Apps

Integration with other Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Business Portal and Office, is an additional key element of Microsoft Great Plains 8.0, according to the company.

Business Portal 2.5, used with Microsoft Great Plains 8.0, is designed to help with online requisition management, expense entry and approval, and electronic delivery of sales documents to customers.

Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 is available now, with Microsoft Business Portal 2.5 scheduled for availability later this year.

Microsoft Great Plains Standard Edition, targeted at small businesses, starts at US$4,500. Microsoft Great Plains Professional Edition starts at $6,500.

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