It seems that the unit has disappointed Microsoft's management. The unit grew revenue 4% from a year earlier. This is right in line with the overall SMB market growth in software spending, which grew 4.1% in 2003. But apparently Microsoft expects its business units to exceed the market rate of growth.
The software market for small and midsize businesses is growing faster at 4.1% than the market as a whole which grew only 0.7% in 2003, according to research firm IDC. Which explains Microsoft's (and every other IT provider's) emphasis on small business -- that's where the growth potential will be in the near future.