Intuit: 'SME software market is wide open'

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Even though it is now dominated by three main players, the UK market for desktop accountancy software is still wide open, according to Intuit's country manager.

Last week, Intuit announced the imminent launch of QuickBooks Customer Manager, a lower cost rival to applications such as Microsoft CRM and Sage's ACT!.

While Microsoft Business Solutions is more focused on mid-tier corporations than small businesses, Sage and Intuit run the accounts software on the PCs of most of Britain's SMEs. Australian developer MYOB comes a distant third.

Typically, as software markets mature, they consolidate into the hands of just a few vendors. The applications themselves get harder to tell apart, as the development teams race each other to introduce new features or copy successful developments by their riva...

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