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Microsoft Updates Retail Package – Announces New Terminals

Microsoft announced yesterday that three manufacturers -- Casio, DigiPoS Systems Group and HP -- will sell point-of-sale terminals pre-loaded with Microsoft Point of Sale software.

The partner announcement coincides with shipment of version 1.3 of Microsoft Retail Management System. The new version brings improved integration between the package’s Headquarters module and Microsoft Dynamics GP financial management software.

This includes more capabilities for tracking inventory throughout the supply chain, and improved visibility into sales transactions at the individual store level, according to the company’s statement. The Store Operations module also provides improved compliance with “Payment Application Best Practices of the Visa Cardholder Information Security Program.”

On the hardware front, Casio’s QT-8000CW-MBD is a point-of-sale, touch-screen terminal. It was designed for single-store retailers who are replacing a conventional electronic cash register system. Meanwhile, HP’s new rp5000 POS system emphasizes its hardening for retail environments. DigiPoS said that its system will offer “unique cable management and powered serial ports.”

The new point-of-sale systems start at less than $3,000, while Microsoft Retail Management System 1.3 starts at $1,190.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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