According to the Reuters news agency, Microsoft is planning to invest $10 Billion (US) over the next five years to develop software for the small and medium-sized business market. That includes $2 Billion (US) invested in this market space this year.
Microsoft’s SMB strategy chief said that Microsoft is taking a long term view for the market that includes 40 Million businesses worldwide. It expects its investments to turn profitable in 2005.
Microsoft’s definition of the companies it will concentrate on are those with 2,000 to 5,000 employees, and maybe up to 8,000.
Of course, those are not exactly companies most would define as “small.”