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Small Businesses Will Spend More On Technology, Microsoft Partners Say

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 4/22/2010

Microsoft's partners say small businesses will spend more on technology this year.

Microsoft says it expects small and midsized businesses to spend more money on technology this year. The conclusion is based on a survey of Microsoft's partners.

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Sixty-three percent of partners surveyed said that businesses would spend more on IT in 2010, a significant increase from the 25 percent who thought so one year ago.

Birger Steen, who holds the title of vice president of small and medium business and distribution for the worldwide small and midmarket solutions and partners group at Microsoft, told the Seattle Times, "customers are back in investment mode, and they see that it's both investments done to continue driving costs down and to prepare for new growth."

He added that this new trend is "obviously a much more sustainable model" than last year, calling it an "ideal situation" for bringing new products to the marketplace. This is potentially exciting technology news for entrepreneurs getting ready to introduce new innovations.

Microsoft made more news this week by introducing its Docs for Facebook service, an online tool that allows for the creation and sharing of documents. The service is being seen as a challenge to Google Docs, a similar online tool for document creation.

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