Intuit and Microsoft plan to integrate capabilities of their cloud services platforms “Intuit Partner Platform and Windows Azure platform” to enable developers and channel partners to deliver solutions to the millions of employees within businesses that use QuickBooks financial software. In addition, both will provide small businesses with Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity applications via Intuit App Center. Intuit will name Windows Azure as a “preferred platform” for small-business cloud application development on Intuit Partner Platform. “The Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform is great news for .NET and Intuit Partner Platform developers,” said Joe Dwyer of Intuit. “Our developers are already very familiar with Visual Studio, and with Windows Azure platform, we’ll no longer have to worry about maintenance, reliability and scale and can focus on creating richer applications for small businesses faster and respond quickly as their needs change.” The free Windows Azure software development kit (SDK) beta for Intuit Partner Platform is available here.