Microsoft also offers its Dynamics GP ERP software, which is aimed at smaller companies than those in NAV's target market, on Azure. It's expected to add Azure support for Dynamics AX, its high-end ERP product, with early-adopter programs slated to begin next year.
Dynamics as a whole has enjoyed special status within Microsoft, as it's seen as a conduit for the company to sell its other software products into companies. Sales discussions around Dynamics also tend to involve CEOs, chief marketing officers and other high-level executives, rather than just IT staffers.
Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kept Dynamics separate from his recently announced company restructuring plan, saying it represented a "significant opportunity."
That wording suggested Ballmer intended to keep Dynamics for the long term, but now that he is leaving speculation may resume that Microsoft will spin off some or all of the business as the company focuses on devices and services.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com