SOURCE: Sage Software

February 20, 2008 09:30 ET

Sage Software Expands Support and Training for Peachtree Customers to Include Microsoft® Excel®

New Freedom Support Extra Program to Help Small Firms and Accountants Using Microsoft Excel® and Peachtree Increase Business Productivity

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 20, 2008) - Sage Software is expanding its network of support and training options for small businesses and accountants with the introduction of the new Freedom Support Extra(1) program for Peachtree by Sage to include Microsoft® Excel®. Freedom Support Extra is designed to help Peachtree customers and Sage Software Accountants' Network members to improve productivity and take fuller advantage of both Peachtree and Excel to increase the reporting and analysis capabilities available through combining these two business management applications.

"Many small business owners' first experience with managing finances is through Excel spreadsheets. As their businesses grow and they add employees, they move up to an accounting solution like Peachtree, but often keep Excel as part of their operations," said Andrew Goldberg, senior director of strategic marketing for Peachtree, Sage Software. "In fact, our research shows that more than half of the companies using Peachtree supplement it with Excel for tasks including financial analysis, presenting financial data and forecasting. Our new Freedom Support Extra support and training package will help those businesses to take full advantage of their investments and improve their business processes."

Small businesses who purchase Freedom Support Extra can now receive support and training for both Peachtree and Excel. The training includes tips and tricks to help small businesses increase productivity and save time using both applications for more efficient development of professional presentations and reports. Additionally, Freedom Support Extra offers a range of downloadable and customizable business templates to further assist small businesses with automating routine reports and processes across Peachtree and Excel. Small businesses can conveniently access support or training via the phone, email or online.

Sage Software is committed to providing small businesses with products and services to help them better manage and grow their businesses. Freedom Support Extra is a continually evolving program designed to assist Peachtree small business customers with the training and support they need to more efficiently manage their operations.

Pricing and Availability

Sage Software offers a special introductory price for the Freedom Support Extra plan of $299 for a single-user plan and $349 for a multi-user plan for new and renewing Peachtree customers for one year. For Accountants Network members, Freedom Support Extra is available at a special first year subscription rate that includes the first 6 months free. For current Business Care members, Freedom Support Extra is now a part of that plan at no additional cost. For more information on signing up for Freedom Support Extra, please call 800-247-3224 or visit www.peachtree.com

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and medium-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage Group now has 5.5 million customers and employs over 13,900 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagesoftware.com or call (866) 308-2378.

(1) Sage Software will assist with the management of Peachtree data in Microsoft Excel 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. We reserve the right to limit calls to one hour or one incident.

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