Microsoft helps suppliers get online

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Redmond, Wash--Microsoft Corp. Monday launched SupplierExpress, a program to help companies conduct e-commerce over e-marketplace and e-procurement platforms. Microsoft will partner with three of the biggest b-to-b vendors--Clarus Corp., Ariba Inc. and Commerce One Inc.--to implement the program. SupplierExpress will focus on helping suppliers take better advantage of Microsoft technology, including Commerce Server 2000 and BizTalk Server 2000. Microsoft hasn't made the splash some other vendors have in targeting b-to-b marketplace opportunities, but SupplierExpress taps into its strength: the fact that its operating system and core server technologies are still the platform of choice for most small and midsize companies.
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