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  • 1. Fact Sheet July 2007 What Is Microsoft Office Live Small Business? Microsoft® Office Live Small Business is a complete, affordable set of easy-to-use Internet-based software and services that helps small businesses attract new customers, keep in touch with existing customers and easily manage their business from any location. By combining the power of Software plus Services, Microsoft Office Live Small Business helps small businesses establish a professional Web presence, stay in touch with their customers, and easily access company information from one complete online location. Office Live Small Business also provides an excellent platform for partners to build industry-specific solutions. In addition, international versions are now available in France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. How Do Small Businesses Benefit? Office Live Small Business allows small businesses to do the following: • Create a professional Web presence including a personalized domain name, Web site, calendar and company- branded e-mail and instant messaging • Manage and organize customer information online • Share calendars, documents and data even when away from their business • Drive targeted traffic to their Web site with search engine advertising • Share information with suppliers, vendors and employees easily using online Workspaces • Sell products on eBay* (via Office Accounting Express 2007) • Access e-mail, contacts and appointments with Windows Mobile®-powered phones What Is New With This Release of Microsoft Office Live Small Business? More than 200,000 small businesses signed up for Microsoft Office Live beta and many provided valuable feedback that was incorporated into this current release. Microsoft also conducted small business focus groups and industry-related research to better provide an affordable, all-in-one solution to help small companies attract new customers and better serve their existing ones. Here is what we heard: Customers said: Microsoft Office Live Small Business delivered: NEW! Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta makes it easy to purchase and manage Customers want help driving targeted relevant keywords on Windows Live™ Search, powered by MSN.com and Live.com, traffic to their site. so that a customer’s business Web site is prominently displayed in search results. NEW! The Office Live Small Business product lineup (Microsoft Office Live Small Customers want more Web site storage, Business Basics, Microsoft Office Live Small Business Essentials and Microsoft e-mail addresses and e-mail storage. Office Live Small Business Premium) now gives customers more of everything (see chart). Customers wanted to manage all their NEW! Business Contact Manager allows businesses to manage all their customers contacts in one centralized location. and business opportunities in one place. NEW! Office Live Small Business’ new Site Designer tool has been redesigned to let Customers want an easy-to-use Web-site small-business owners easily create a professional Web presence without being a design tool. Web designer or relying on difficult-to-use HTML software tools. NEW! Every subscription to Office Live Small Business now includes a free Customers want an easy way to sell their download of Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007**, a new software program to products online using eBay. help small businesses manage their everyday financial tasks and post their products on eBay. Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta For more information visit http://smallbusiness.officelive.com
  • 2. adManager Beta allows small businesses to drive traffic to their Web site with Live Search and Ask.com. adManager is designed to allow small businesses to easily set up and begin purchasing keywords, optimize their search advertising budget, and reduce the time spent managing the process. Microsoft’s vision is to enable businesses to purchase and manage their keywords across multiple advertising networks directly from the Microsoft Office Live Small Business platform. Business Contact Manager Microsoft Office Live Business Contact Manager allows small businesses to keep all their customers, contact histories and sales information in one place. It helps create a single view of customers and prospects so everyone in the organization can be on “the same page.” As well, the application provides everyone in the company with easy “always-on” access to the most up-to-date account, contact and opportunity information. Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007, a free download available with each new subscription to Microsoft Office Live Small Business**, helps small-business owners manage everyday financial tasks, get organized and do business online. Office Accounting Express 2007 includes marketplace services that give small businesses the tools to sell on eBay, receive payments via PayPal and monitor credit via Equifax. For more information visit http://smallbusiness.officelive.com
  • 3. Stay on Top of Your Business — Anytime, Anywhere Office Live Small Business Premium is the most comprehensive Office Live Small Business offering and includes all the features of Office Live Small Business Basics and Office Live Small Business Essentials, as well as additional online business applications, storage space and user accounts. These new business applications enable subscribers to access five additional suites of online tools for managing group calendars, projects, documents, sales information and company information. Workspaces Workspaces allow people who have the appropriate permissions to easily collaborate, store and share information about projects, customers, employees or general company information online. Instead of sending e-mail messages with large attachments back and forth to customers and team members, users can simply create a private Workspace online to post and share important documents with people inside or outside a company in a password-protected environment. ######### * Third-party service; fees may apply ** Subscription to Microsoft Office Live not required for download of Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 For more information visit http://smallbusiness.officelive.com
  • 4. For more information, press only: Natalie Smith, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7000, natalies@waggeneredstrom.com Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com For more information visit http://smallbusiness.officelive.com