HP and Microsoft have today said they will spend $300 million (£152.7m) over the next three years bringing joint services and solutions to market.

The two companies will create a dedicated Microsoft training centre within HP that will train 3,000 consultants to deliver enterprise software-based solutions to their combined base of 20,000 customers worldwide.

Messaging and unified communications; collaboration and content management; business intelligence (BI); business process integration; and Microsoft core infrastructure are the five key strategic areas the partnership will focus on.

IDC reckoned the market around Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista and corresponding Office 2007 application suite could amount to over $100 billion dollars in the next few years when business intelligence, collaboration, content management and infrastructure software is combined with communications, hardware and services.