Microsoft has announced that its new Windows Vista operating system is having a host of applications specifically designed for small businesses use.The software company cited recent research carried out by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that found that over 50 per cent of SMEs fail within their first year of operation.Microsoft said that the new applications, which are being designed by several of the company's industry partners, would help small and medium-sized companies survive their difficult first year and continue to operate into the future.The director of the Windows client business group at Microsoft, Dave Wascha, said: "The odds are stacked against small businesses keeping their doors open during the first year of business, let alone the first five."Our industry partners have built applications on Windows Vista and Microsoft Office that will give small business owners the tools they need to buck that trend."These applications include programs that offer SMEs help with their financial management, sales and marketing and protect their companies with additional data security and backup technologies.The news comes just five days before Windows Vista is launched. Several problems meant that its release had been repeated delayed.© Adfero Ltd