Microsoft, Commerce One link

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Redmond, Wash.-E-commerce b-to-b company Commerce One Inc. said late Tuesday that it is expanding its relationship with the world's No. 1 technology brand, as it enters into a new strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. The deal calls for Microsoft to sell Commerce One capabilities as part of its corporate sales, and to collaborate on the development of extensible markup language standards for use in b-to-b trading. The move is significant because it more closely than ever ties Commerce One to the sales and marketing muscle of Microsoft as it battles for business sales against such rivals as Oracle Corp. and Ariba Inc. Microsoft's goal in the deal is to sell large numbers of its Microsoft 2000 operating system to corporate IT buyers looking to enable b-to-b trading on their corporate networks.
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