Microsoft Announces New SaaS Accounting Solution "Project Madeira"

Posted by Donna Krizik on April 12, 2016

First New Product in Years!

This new product is incredibly exciting -- the first new product from Microsoft in a very long time and from the previews, it is a game-changer. It is a completely reinvented business management solution for the SMB market. It brings together your accounting information with the productivity tools in Office 365.

Imagine, checking on product availability, creating a quote, checking balances on client accounts, all without ever leaving Outlook!

As a public cloud service running on Microsoft Azure, Project Madeira allows customers to access the service on the Web, or using apps for Windows, iOS and Android devices. 

Project "Madeira" released in “preview” in the US market 4/12/2016. US General Availability (GA) is slated for the second half of 2016. 

So why are we so excited?  

Do everything from one application – Project "Madeira" makes it unnecessary to switch between business applications and email. It automatically identifies business context such as invoices and quote requests within Outlook, and presents the user with the tools and data needed to take immediate action – all without leaving Outlook. If you know how to use Office, then you know how to use Project "Madeira."  

Cloud first, Mobile first – Project "Madeira" is designed from the ground up as a true multi-tenant SaaS offering, built on Microsoft Azure, so you can get up and running quickly, and manage costs. Your data will be secure in hyper-scale, enterprise-class datacenters. And did we mention that it is built for mobile for a consistent experience no matter what device you are using?

Perfectly sized for those outgrowing QuickBooks – Project "Madeira" is a comprehensive solution for companies with approximately 10 to 100 employees. So if you need more than the Excel spreadsheets or an off-the-shelf bare-bones tool, but aren’t ready for a big ERP system, Madeira is for you. You get financials, dimensions, sales and purchase management, inventory, CRM (opportunity management), multi-currency, and business insights all in one system that you already know and use every day. And don’t think that they forgot extensions for Project "Madeira." The marketplace will soon be buzzing with industry-specific solutions for Madeira.   

When Can I Get It?

Project "Madeira" is available in “preview” over the next several months so that Microsoft can collect feedback and fine-tune the solution based on real users. Intrigued yet? Sign up for the preview now, and take advantage of the feedback forums to provide all the comments you want.

Additional helpful links

Project Madeira FAQ,

Early Adopter Application

Partner CSP Program

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