Microsoft's latest upgrade to its software for building enterprise portals works right out of the box with its Great Plains financial and Solomon project management applications -- at no extra cost, the company said. Version 2.0 of the company's Business Portal product is designed to let enterprise expose their financial management applications via a secure portal, so that employees, customers and partners can access them in the office or out in the field via a Web browser. Karen Engel, group product manager at Microsoft Business Solutions, said in a statement, "In release 2.0, Microsoft continues to deliver on its commitment to provide business solutions that help small and medium-sized companies realize more value from their IT investments." Rather than develop your own portal which you have to customize and plumb yourself, Microsoft provides the plumbing through SharePoint services, the actual structure through Business Portal 2.0. and the components thru Web Parts. Read.