March 12, 2008 (IDG News Service) ORLANDO — “CEO Steve Ballmer used his opening keynote at Microsoft Corp’s Convergence user conference here not only to preview a number of updates to the company’s Dynamics line of business software, but also to make a firm declaration of Microsoft’s enterprise market plans.
“I still get asked, is Microsoft a serious player in business applications? … This is mission-critical for us,” Ballmer asserted. “The biggest decision I made — unless we close this Yahoo deal — was pushing into the business applications area,” he said at another point. He revealed no new details of Microsoft’s attempt to buy the Web-based search and content company.”