Currently conducting beta-testing, Microsoft plans to release an e-commerce framework to customers and developers later this year that analysts say will help make it much easier for entrepreneurs to conduct business-to-business e-commerce with their trading partners and suppliers.
The framework is expected to have a major impact on the way companies communicate with each other because it helps automate the transmission of documents commonly used in business. While electronic data interchange (EDI) has been around for years, it hasn't been widely embraced by many smaller companies because of its considerable expense. Microsoft plans to change all that by making its new automated system affordable to a wider range of companies, both large and small.
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