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  • Microsoft Launches BackOffice Software for Chinese SMEs
  • July 27, 1998 (SHANGHAI, China) -- Microsoft Corp. recently launched a new Chinese BackOffice software version designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
    The new product offers businesses with two to 25 computers a platform to link staff members, customers and management, according to a Microsoft engineer.

    Microsoft, IBM Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and China's largest computer company, the Legend Group, announced an alliance when the new BackOffice version became available in China.

    The alliance will work with local software developers and Internet providers on business computing solutions for small companies.

    China has more than 10 million SMEs, accounting for 99 percent of all its enterprises in the country. These small enterprises generate 60 percent of the nation's industrial output, and employ 70 percent of all workers.

    A survey also indicated that small companies using computers connected to the Internet or platforms have 20 percent more sales than the companies without such capabilities.

    Small businesses in China are increasingly aware of the importance of information technology in management, and have started to take appropriate measures to enhance their capabilities, industry sources said.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Sun Jul 26 17:46:58 1998