Microsoft has yet to make a big splash in the burgeoning e-business software market, but that doesn't mean it won't, according to new analysis from AMR Research Inc., a Boston-based e-business research firm. AMR says Microsoft’s relevance in e-business will increase dramatically, as the company reasserts itself and takes a meaningful stance on Business-to-Business e-commerce. Microsoft's efforts to date have been isolated, leading other software vendors to gravitate away from Microsoft's platforms and toward Java, particularly Java 2 Enterprise Edition.

One of the few software companies that has survived and in fact flourished on volume rather than deal size, it's no surprise that Microsoft is making its moves through the mid-market, which has been the most hesitant about conducting electronic transactions through exchanges, either public and private.

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