Alibaba.com launched Alisoft, a business software company aimed at China\u2019s small and midsize businesses (SMBs), on Monday.The company will initially offer five types of software: CRM, inventory management, sales force management, financial tools and marketing information management, it said.Of China\u2019s more than 40 million SMBs, fewer than 10 percent have adopted advanced software systems, unlike their counterparts in more developed markets, where approximately 60 percent use back-end management and CRM systems, the company said.The new company is currently offering its software services for free, but will start charging for some of the services during the first half of 2007, it said. It did not specify a date or price.Alisoft will take over the Alibaba Group\u2019s messaging and communication tools, both business to business (B2B) and consumer to consumer (C-to-C), which will be merged under the name "Ali Wang Wang." In Mandarin Chinese, "Wang" means "king" and "net" or "network," but is also the Chinese way of expressing the sound of a dog\u2019s bark.Alibaba.com is China\u2019s most popular B2B e-commerce site. Alibaba also operates Taobao, the country\u2019s most popular C-to-C auction site. The company is based in the Zhejiang province city of Hangzhou.-Steven Schwankert, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)Related Links:\n\nAlibaba CEO Ma: Yahoo China to Be Community-Based Portal\n\nAlibaba CEO Ma Ready to Ride Web\u2019s \u20183rd Wave\u2019Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.