The forthcoming Boston Macworld Expo might end up sharing the event space with German business software company SAP.

Macworld Expo Boston will be an unusual event when it runs July 12-14 as Apple will not be at the show.

"Hosting both SAP and Macworld together is a great example of the versatility and size" of the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center", said James Rooney, executive director of the convention authority. "Shows like this are a good indicator that tech shows are coming out of the doldrums of the last few years."

The Boston Globe reports that Microsoft plans a large convention in the city in 2006.