It was not really a big surprise when Microsoft Corporation acquires Navision A/S. Most people had seen it coming. The surprise was that Microsoft had paid about 2 billion USD (2002) for Navision and Axapta. That included what became the biggest Microsoft Development Center outside of the US, the former Navision Headquarter in Vedbæk, just north of Copenhagen.
In 2000 Microsoft had a acquired Great Plains, Navision's biggest competitor on the US market, but the rumors said that Microsoft had realized that GP was not good enough to base their whole ERP strategy upon. Navision, Axapta and Great Plains was put together in a group at Microsoft called Microsoft Business Solutions and the name changed to Microsoft Business Solutions Navision.
The domain name of this website also changed from www.navision.net to www.mbsonline.org.
Microsoft first starts talking about Project Green in 2003. This was an initiative to merge the platforms of Navision, Axapta, Great Plains and Solomon into one system. Microsoft first told that the beta would be available in Q4 2004. But was a much bigger project than anticipated by Microsoft, who at this time still was learning ERP industry to know. In 2007 Microsoft completely stopped talking about Project Green. They had also realized that it also scared of a lot of potential customers, who would not invest in one of the existing solutions, when they were soon to be replaced.