Even in the business applications market, Microsoft is pinning its success on developers.
Over the past five years, the company has built up Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) by acquiring a handful of application providers which target small to medium-size companies.
If the move was meant to provide rapid revenue growth, it hasn't worked out that way so far. The business unit pulled in about $550 million in revenue over the first three quarters, ended March 31, 2005, of Microsoft's fiscal year. During that nine-month period, it posted a loss of $125 million and revenue growth is in the … Read more