Microsoft Plans ASP Onslaught Down Under

Microsoft Plans ASP Onslaught Down Under – Company Business and Marketing David Frith

Days after Microsoft’s [NASDAQ:MSFT] Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer unveiled their Microsoft.Net vision for grabbling a large part of the applications service provision (ASP) software-rental market, Microsoft Australia has named three more ASP partners.

Unisys [NYSE:UIS], PeakHour and WebCentral have been signed up for Microsoft’s ASP licensing pilot program, joining current partners Telstra and Tequinox in offering Office and Back Office software for rental at yet to be revealed prices.

Old Microsoft links run deep. PeakHour is controlled by Sydney entrepreneur and IT author David Harrington, a former Ninemsn executive. WebCentral is run by Lloyd Ernst, remembered from OnAustralia, a Microsoft-Telstra online joint venture which broke up several years ago.

Unisys is the US-based IT integration giant.

An ITNews online news report claims telco Cable & Wireless Optus [AUSCWO] and Compaq [NYSE:CPQ] will also join the program under a recently-forged global ASP partnership.

Microsoft Australia’s network solutions group manager Kevin Rodrigo told ITNews the program will go commercial in a few months and aims to sign up around 50 to 60 percent of Australia’s 1 million small-medium enterprise as clients within 12 months.

That suggests a sign-up rate of around 10,000 businesses a week, or 2,000 per working day. That should keep Peak Hour and WebCentral busy.

Reported By Newsbytes.com, http://www.newsbytes.com

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