Centura Banks Inc. has joined Microsoft Corp.'s bank partnership program, a sign that the software monolith is as eager as ever to expand its version of banking via personal computer.

The alliance program had seemed to be on hold since Microsoft announced its ill-fated takeover bid for Intuit Inc. last October. Intuit's Quicken financial software would have displaced Microsoft's competing Money product as the merged company's focus for banking and related transactions.

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