Microsoft Canada

Microsoft Canada

November 30, 2006 09:30 ET

Microsoft Unveils New People-Ready Business Platform to Help Meet Workplace Challenges

Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 -new business products help Canadian companies improve business value and insight

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) -

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Microsoft Corporation announces today the business availability of Windows Vista TM operating system, the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, powerful solutions designed to help Canadian organizations simplify collaboration, protect and manage content, improve business insight and reduce security risks and deployment costs. With the simultaneous release of the new software product lineup, Microsoft delivers to volume license customers a People-Ready business platform that will enable Canadian companies' most valuable resources - its employees - to meet new business demands and better contribute to bottom-line business success.

"The new world of work for business computing begins today," said Phil Sorgen, President, Microsoft Canada. "By leveraging these new desktop and server releases, Canadian organizations have a clear opportunity to help improve business returns and maximize employee impact. Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system, and Exchange 2007 will become the benchmark for companies who want to take collaboration and competitive results to the next level."

The new versions of Windows, Office and Exchange Server are the result of an unprecedented relationship between Microsoft and its customers. Real-life scenarios guided product development through feedback from customers who volunteered to let Microsoft watch them work in more than 1 billion user sessions. During testing, customers from around the world downloaded more than 5 million beta versions of the three products and provided valuable feedback and suggestions.

"These products deliver game-changing innovation," said Sorgen. "Microsoft has made extraordinary investments in research and development and Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system and Exchange Server have been tested more thoroughly than any Microsoft software products in history."

Delivering the Promise of the People-Ready Business

The starting point for the new capabilities in Windows Vista, the Microsoft 2007 Office system and Exchange Server 2007 is Microsoft's belief that people are the driving force behind business success.

"These products will enable companies to unleash the full potential of their people to help build profitable relationships with customers, spearhead new innovations, and drive business success," said Sorgen. "While many customers will deploy these products separately, together they will fundamentally change the way companies get value from business information."

Together, the three products focus on four critical areas:

Simplifying how people work together: A Mississauga-based restaurant chain Prime Restaurants, information workers have been able to get the information they need whenever and virtually wherever they are to complete their business functions. Many other companies are finding similar value in deployments of the new technologies.

"Prime Restaurants staff use the new capabilities in Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 to maximize their face time with customers at over 160 locations," said Eric Lee, Director of IT at Prime Restaurants of Canada Inc. "We believe the real value comes from the new tools that give our employees quick access to relevant information and a clear view of that data's significance which enable them to effectively collaborate to make the right business decisions."

Finding information and improving business insight; Helping protect and manage content:

For Mount Sinai Hospital, a pre-eminent academic health centre, the new tools will help manipulate data and enhance business intelligence processes while streamlining content management.

"At Mount Sinai, we manage large volumes of clinical information," says Susan Walsh, Director, Quality and Performance Measurement, Mount Sinai Hospital. "The new features within 2007 Office system and Exchange Server 2007 will enable us to easily and quickly manipulate clinical data and will allow us to be nimble and responsive to the informational needs of physicians and senior leaders at the hospital."

Increasing security and helping to reduce IT costs:

"We've built our business focus on Microsoft's business platform and are confident in the return - for us and our customers," explained Brian Bourne, President, CMS. "Microsoft gives us all the tools we help customers like the Toronto District School Board keep its information secure, on systems that are becoming increasingly easier to deploy and manage, helping them keep IT complexity and costs to a minimum."

Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system and Exchange Server 2007 also provide the core platform that will enable businesses to take advantage of the benefits of Internet-based software services. All three products incorporate key XML and Web services technologies that will help companies tap into online services and select the mix of on-premise and hosted applications that deliver the right balance of control, convenience, cost-effectiveness, and enhanced security, while helping to increase productivity.

"During the last decade, Windows 95 and Office 95 transformed the way people work," said Sorgen. "The new solutions announced today represent the culmination of the most advanced work Microsoft has ever done and I believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have an even more profound impact during the next decade."

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

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