Info-Tech Research Group, a leading IT analyst firm for mid-sized companies, says that Microsoft signals a new battle in the price-performance war with the simultaneous announcement of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 .

"The game has changed," says Info-Tech analyst Carmi Levy. "Microsoft has made it clear that it doesn't just intend to compete in the application development, database, and business process integration (BPI) space. It intends to dominate firms like Oracle and IBM.

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