Microsoft Business Solutions Releases Small Business Manager 7.5

Updated Solution Is Affordable, Easy-to-Use Application for Managing Business



21 Jul, 2003, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    FARGO, N.D., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To offer small, growing
 businesses the ability to effectively manage assets, streamline fulfillment,
 and choose from a wide array of options for sophisticated data analysis,
 Microsoft Business Solutions today launched an enhanced release of its
 business application developed specifically for today's small businesses.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Microsoft(R) Business Solutions Small Business Manager 7.5 includes
 features that help small companies improve efficiencies in how they manage
 orders, inventory, assets, payroll and deduction. Small Business Manager
 7.5 also includes powerful reporting tools, increased flexibility and enhanced
 integration capabilities.
     "Microsoft Business Solutions is committed to delivering compelling
 products and services to small businesses," said Karen Engel, group product
 manager with Microsoft Business Solutions. "Small Business Manager 7.5 is
 geared toward customers that are outgrowing packaged software. It offers a
 greater breadth of functionality and control in a single package that's
 affordable and easy to use. And it's available through a network of dedicated,
 local partners that have a proven track record when it comes to fully
 customizing technology and helping small businesses get up to speed quickly."
     Specific features and benefits that small companies can realize using
 Small Business Manager 7.5 include these:
 
     -- Order and inventory management. Small businesses benefit from the
 capabilities Small Business Manager 7.5 offers to arrange direct shipment from
 the vendor to customers, simplify invoice matching, invoice for partial kit
 quantities, print historical documents, process orders and invoices more
 quickly, manage and forecast assembly components, prevent stock outages with
 inventory reminders, and receive notification for nonexistent item numbers.
     -- Fixed assets management. The Fixed Assets Suite in Small Business
 Manager 7.5 lets companies easily create asset records, customize asset
 records for their needs, calculate and recalculate for depreciation, choose
 the best methods for their situation, track multiple depreciation methods, and
 automatically update general ledger accounts.
     -- Powerful reporting tools. Additional custom financial reporting tools
 from FRx(R) Software Corp., a Microsoft Business Solutions company, and
 Crystal Reports enable small businesses to build custom reports, consolidate
 financial reporting, save time with reusable templates, and maintain control
 of sensitive information. Streamlined report creation features offer increased
 speed with formatting shortcuts, easy creation of compelling presentations,
 and seamless integration for easy import and export capabilities.
     -- Payroll and deduction management. The payroll and deduction features
 let small businesses efficiently manage work-force records, respond quickly
 and accurately to employee withholding requests, and meet obligations for
 payroll-related reporting requirements. Businesses also will be able to track
 workers' compensation, connect automatically with ADP Payroll Service and
 choose from 24 new payroll reports.
     -- Increased flexibility and integration capabilities. Small Business
 Manager 7.5 enables small businesses to handle a variety of tasks more
 efficiently, have access for up to 10 concurrent users, streamline contact
 list management, manage fixed allocations, print posting journals on demand,
 pinpoint and evaluate critical data, and find help more quickly.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     Microsoft Business Solutions Small Business Manager 7.5 is available
 immediately through Microsoft Business Solutions reseller partners and
 consultant partners. Pricing begins at $995 (U.S.) for single users. Users (up
 to 10) can be added for $400 per concurrent user. A U.S. payroll add-on suite
 is available for $500, and additional options for fixed asset management and
 reporting tools are available. In addition, an award-winning foundation
 services plan, providing training, support, access to CustomerSource and
 product upgrades, is available for 18 percent of the suggested list price
 (reseller prices may vary). Small Business Manager is backed by the award-
 winning support and training of Microsoft Business Solutions.
 
     About Microsoft Business Solutions
     Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide
 range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to
 help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with
 customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions'
 applications optimize strategic business processes across financial
 management, analytics, human resources management, project management,
 customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain
 management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications
 are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success.
 More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at
 http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/ .
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business
 computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed
 to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any
 device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft and FRx are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
 Microsoft Corp., FRx Software Corp. or their affiliates in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     FRx Software Corp. is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    FARGO, N.D., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To offer small, growing
 businesses the ability to effectively manage assets, streamline fulfillment,
 and choose from a wide array of options for sophisticated data analysis,
 Microsoft Business Solutions today launched an enhanced release of its
 business application developed specifically for today's small businesses.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Microsoft(R) Business Solutions Small Business Manager 7.5 includes
 features that help small companies improve efficiencies in how they manage
 orders, inventory, assets, payroll and deduction. Small Business Manager
 7.5 also includes powerful reporting tools, increased flexibility and enhanced
 integration capabilities.
     "Microsoft Business Solutions is committed to delivering compelling
 products and services to small businesses," said Karen Engel, group product
 manager with Microsoft Business Solutions. "Small Business Manager 7.5 is
 geared toward customers that are outgrowing packaged software. It offers a
 greater breadth of functionality and control in a single package that's
 affordable and easy to use. And it's available through a network of dedicated,
 local partners that have a proven track record when it comes to fully
 customizing technology and helping small businesses get up to speed quickly."
     Specific features and benefits that small companies can realize using
 Small Business Manager 7.5 include these:
 
     -- Order and inventory management. Small businesses benefit from the
 capabilities Small Business Manager 7.5 offers to arrange direct shipment from
 the vendor to customers, simplify invoice matching, invoice for partial kit
 quantities, print historical documents, process orders and invoices more
 quickly, manage and forecast assembly components, prevent stock outages with
 inventory reminders, and receive notification for nonexistent item numbers.
     -- Fixed assets management. The Fixed Assets Suite in Small Business
 Manager 7.5 lets companies easily create asset records, customize asset
 records for their needs, calculate and recalculate for depreciation, choose
 the best methods for their situation, track multiple depreciation methods, and
 automatically update general ledger accounts.
     -- Powerful reporting tools. Additional custom financial reporting tools
 from FRx(R) Software Corp., a Microsoft Business Solutions company, and
 Crystal Reports enable small businesses to build custom reports, consolidate
 financial reporting, save time with reusable templates, and maintain control
 of sensitive information. Streamlined report creation features offer increased
 speed with formatting shortcuts, easy creation of compelling presentations,
 and seamless integration for easy import and export capabilities.
     -- Payroll and deduction management. The payroll and deduction features
 let small businesses efficiently manage work-force records, respond quickly
 and accurately to employee withholding requests, and meet obligations for
 payroll-related reporting requirements. Businesses also will be able to track
 workers' compensation, connect automatically with ADP Payroll Service and
 choose from 24 new payroll reports.
     -- Increased flexibility and integration capabilities. Small Business
 Manager 7.5 enables small businesses to handle a variety of tasks more
 efficiently, have access for up to 10 concurrent users, streamline contact
 list management, manage fixed allocations, print posting journals on demand,
 pinpoint and evaluate critical data, and find help more quickly.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     Microsoft Business Solutions Small Business Manager 7.5 is available
 immediately through Microsoft Business Solutions reseller partners and
 consultant partners. Pricing begins at $995 (U.S.) for single users. Users (up
 to 10) can be added for $400 per concurrent user. A U.S. payroll add-on suite
 is available for $500, and additional options for fixed asset management and
 reporting tools are available. In addition, an award-winning foundation
 services plan, providing training, support, access to CustomerSource and
 product upgrades, is available for 18 percent of the suggested list price
 (reseller prices may vary). Small Business Manager is backed by the award-
 winning support and training of Microsoft Business Solutions.
 
     About Microsoft Business Solutions
     Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide
 range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to
 help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with
 customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions'
 applications optimize strategic business processes across financial
 management, analytics, human resources management, project management,
 customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain
 management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications
 are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success.
 More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at
 http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/ .
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business
 computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed
 to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any
 device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft and FRx are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
 Microsoft Corp., FRx Software Corp. or their affiliates in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     FRx Software Corp. is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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