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Microsoft, Sprint launch small business services

ATLANTA (Dow Jones News) -- Microsoft Corp. and Sprint Corp. said Tuesday they were launching communications services for small business customers.

Microsoft said the voice and data services, which will be available this summer, include hardware and software for private branch exchange, local area network, Internet and remote access server functions.With the services, businesses can use communications functions, including wireless and Internet services, in a single server, the company said.

The services are based on Microsoft's BackOffice Small Business Server 4.5 and Sprint's Business Flex communication services.

Microsoft, a software giant based in Redmond, Wash., had 1998 revenues of $14.48 billion. Sprint, based in Westwood, Kan., is a telecommunications company with 1998 revenues of $16.02 billion.