Microsoft Set to Unveil Retail App Upgrade

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Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and SAP AG all plan to unveil new offerings this week at the National Retail Federation 2007 conference in New York.

Microsoft will introduce the Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale 2.0 and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 applications during the conference, according to Jen Larson, senior product manager for Microsoft's pointof-sale offerings.

Point of Sale 2.0 is tailored for cash registers at singlestore operations and has been enhanced to make cashiers more efficient, Larson said.

The application also features integration with Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007 software, she said.

Microsoft's point-of-sale application has already delivered greater flexibility in cashier operations at beta tester Clover Toys, according to Sarah Furstenberg, owner of the Seattle-based specialty toy store.

With the new Microsoft software, it's easier to customize the screens on Clover's Casio Inc. cash registers, she said, adding that it's also easier to teach new employees to use the system.

Additionally, the retailer expects to soon take advantage of Point of Sale 2.0's integration with Accounting Professional to eliminate manual bookkeeping processes, she said, noting that Clover currently uses Intuit Inc.'s QuickBooks application.

Microsoft will also announce Retail Management System 2.0, said Larson, which is tailored for small to midsize stores. That application has been updated to help users more easily manage complex inventory processes, she said.

Pricing for Microsoft's pointof-sale software starts at $799 for a single store; Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System starts at $1,190 for a single store.

Oracle and SAP officials said that during the conference, each company plans to unveil two products targeting retail customers.

Source : Marc L. Songini

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