Microsoft gets into retail

Quickbooks recently launched QuickBooks POS as reported on now Microsoft is entering the field with their acquisition of Sales Management Systems Inc.
Microsoft will offer a comprehensive solution that integrates SMS’ QuickSell series of POS and retail management applications with its MicrosoftÆ Great PlainsÆ financial series of applications, bringing a sophisticated yet easy-to-use and cost-effective offering to small and medium-sized retail businesses.
SMS QuickSell applications continue to be available as stand-alone solutions. POS pricing starts at $990 (U.S.) for QuickSell 2000 and $1,290 (U.S.) for a single store, single register with QuickSell Commerce. The integration with Microsoft Great Plains Dynamics and Small Business Manager will be available in the third quarter of 2002. Pricing will start at $2,285 (U.S.). SMS’s QuickSell line of products is currently available in 55 countries and several languages. The integrated Microsoft solution initially will be available in North America, with worldwide rollout expected within the following year.

My spin: What’s there to say – Microsoft is in a head to head competition with Intuit, Peachtree and others….the good news is that there’s plenty of room for them all