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Microsoft working on hosted ERP software

A Microsoft-hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering is appearing more and more likely.

That’s according to Marie Huwe, Microsoft’s general manager for partner marketing strategy. Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference here in Houston, senior news editor Barb Darrow and I asked her where ERP fits into the Microsoft Online Services plans.

Huwe first replied, “I think you will see something from Microsoft.” She followed that up with, “Is the R&D team working on it? Yes.”

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online hit the market in April, and the company will announce details of the hosted Business Productivity Online Suite tomorrow. There’s no public timeline for a release of hosted ERP, but Huwe’s comments today were the most definite yet from a Microsoft exec.

CEO Steve Ballmer told the crowd at Convergence 2008 in March that Microsoft had plans to offer hosted versions of many of its Dynamics enterprise applications, including ERP. But just a week prior, corporate vice president Michael Park had told me that Microsoft was focused solely on hosted customer relationship management (CRM) software.

Check tomorrow for full details on Microsoft’s “Software Plus Services” strategy and how it involves channel partners.

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