Microsoft Online Services Available For Purchase Worldwide

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Microsoft Online Services Available for Purchase Worldwide


REDMOND, Wash., Apr. 27 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


   Accenture, Avanade and EDS, an HP company, each sign Microsoft Online       

Services agreements; more than 4,000 partners signed on globally.


   Microsoft Corp. today announced that organizations of all sizes can purchase

the Business Productivity Online Suite, a part of Microsoft Online Services. The

suite or its individual services, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft

SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office

Live Meeting can be purchased by businesses in 19 countries worldwide. The

Business Productivity Online Deskless Worker Suite, a low-cost version for

occasional users, is also available for purchase. Also starting today, Microsoft

is offering a 25 percent discount on the Business   Productivity Online Suite to

customers who purchase it by the end of June 2009. More information about the



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   Partner Momentum

   To date, more than 4,000 partners around the world have joined the Microsoft

Partner Program for Microsoft Online Services, making it the most successful

partner ecosystem for online business-class services.


   “We’re experiencing a significant amount of partner momentum around Microsoft

Online Services and the Business Productivity Online Suite,” said Ron Markezich,

corporate vice president of Microsoft Online. “Based on the increasing demand and

enthusiasm we’re seeing, it’s clear that partners are recognizing the

opportunity, and that this is the right time to embrace Microsoft’s software-

plus-services approach.”


   Also announced today, EDS, an HP company, has signed both a reseller agreement

and a go-to-market agreement which details the terms and conditions under which

both companies will market, sell and deliver the Business Productivity Online

Suite together. Accenture and Avanade have signed an advisor agreement. Both of

these partners will focus primarily on organizations with more than 5,000

employees.


   Microsoft and EDS have announced that they will use their combined assets to

deliver enterprise-class communications and collaboration services in the cloud

to millions of users serving large multinational corporations. With benefits

including rapid deployment with a minimized need for infrastructure investments,

enterprise organizations can expect to take advantage of reductions in capital

expenditures and improved total cost of ownership.


   With this agreement, the revenue potential for which is more than $3 billion

in cloud services and professional services for the parties, EDS becomes

Microsoft’s largest delivery partner for the Business Productivity Online Suite.

This agreement demonstrates to customers the value of the EDS Agility Alliance

and further consolidates HP’s long-standing relationship with Microsoft. EDS has

already begun to integrate Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office

Communications Online and Office Live Meeting into its industry-leading Workplace

Services offerings. EDS will offer its customers end-to-end services, including

consulting, architecture, implementation, integration and ongoing user support

for the Business Productivity Online Suite.


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   Accenture and Avanade are the first Microsoft partners to sign the Microsoft

Online Services Partner Advisor agreement for large enterprises. As a part of

this agreement, Accenture and Avanade will offer IT services for customers

looking to migrate from on-premises solutions to the Business Productivity Online

Suite. These value-added services include cloud strategy and assessment,

migration services, enterprise application integration, user communications and

training, and other IT outsourcing services. Accenture has integrated Microsoft

Online Services into its highly successful Next Generation Workplace Offering

solution, which helps connect people and information to improve overall business

performance.


   Accenture and Avanade bring extensive experience in platform migration

capabilities in support of this agreement. For example, they have deployed nearly

6 million Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes and have helped migrate nearly 3

million mailboxes from competitive platforms.


   Other Microsoft Online Services partners, including IT Solution Partners BV,

PointBridge, Solvi Srl, Tam Tam, Wortell, YouSaaS and Zipper, are realizing

increased revenue opportunity as a result of selling the Business Productivity

Online Suite, and building best practices for delivering customization,

consulting services, migration and managed services, and development and

integration for their customers:

   ·  PointBridge, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Chicago, has

      sold more than 3,000 seats of Microsoft Online Services, which generated 

      over $100,000 in advisor fee revenue in just four months.

   ·  Solvi, an IT solutions provider in the Milan, Italy, area, expects to 

      expand its customer base by 50 percent, and reduce deployment times from 

      one month to one day.

   ·  Tam Tam, a full-service Internet agency in the Netherlands, expects to 

      double its customer base and boost revenues by at least 15 percent by

      expanding its offerings with Microsoft Online Services.

   ·  Zipper, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Stockholm, Sweden, expects 

      to increase revenues by $10 million annually with its Microsoft Online 

      Services offering, which it can implement 10 times faster than on-

      premises software today.


   More information about Microsoft Online Services partners and case studies can

be found in the software-plus-services virtual presskit for the Microsoft

Business Division at


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   About Microsoft

   Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software,

services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full

potential.



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