TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - This week Microsoft Corp. announced the
expansion of its Online Services program, a set of subscription-based services
that enable businesses to access e-mail, calendaring, shared workspaces,
webconferencing and videoconferencing over the Web. The announcement
represents an important step in Microsoft's 'software plus services' strategy
and a significant growth opportunity for Microsoft Large Account Resellers
(LAR) like Softchoice.
"Our software plus services strategy is about offering greater choice and
flexibility in how Microsoft technology is accessed - and that's creating new
opportunities for customers and our partners," said Lynne Frankel, General
Manager of U.S. Reseller Sales. "We are pleased to announce that existing
customers with Software Assurance on their Microsoft Client Access Licenses
will be able to purchase user subscriptions at a discount from their dedicated
LAR. These customers will also have rights to blend both Microsoft Online
Services with access to on-premises server software."
Microsoft Online Services include a subscription-based model for
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Access to these programs is managed through a single high-security Web
interface, allowing IT professionals to monitor performance, add and configure
users, and manage users and licenses. These services entered a limited beta
trial this week for business of all sizes and will be generally available
through the LAR channel in the second half of this year.
"By complementing on-premises Microsoft implementations with online
services, Microsoft is offering customers the best of both worlds," said David
MacDonald, President and CEO of Softchoice. "The incentives they have put in
place for Software Assurance subscribers are compelling. We are looking
forward to helping our customers take advantage of this opportunity and to
creating integrated software solutions that address their unique
As one of North America's leading providers of technology solutions and
services, Softchoice helps businesses and organizations of all sizes to
select, acquire and manage their software and hardware technology resources.
Softchoice offers a full range of capabilities, including face-to-face
consultations and IT asset management services designed to help customers save
time, money and risk in IT procurement. In 2006, Softchoice was named Software
Value Added Reseller (VAR) of the Year by VAR Business magazine. Softchoice
currently has more than 950 employees operating from more than 40 branch
offices located in major cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the
trading symbol "SO." The Common Shares of Softchoice are not registered under
the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction and enhancement of our services,
and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release
that are not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words
"anticipate," "expect" and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations
and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not
limited to, our ability to integrate the business of Software Plus with our
own, including the ability to maintain its customers, the ability to eliminate
costs, and changes in technology and general market conditions, many of which
are set out or incorporated by reference in the Company's latest Annual
Information Form. Due to the many risks and uncertainties, Softchoice cannot
assure that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release
will be realized.
For further information:
For further information: Eric Gardiner, Softchoice Corporation, (416)
588-9002 x2358, Contact Softchoice Corporate Communications