SOURCE: Sage Software

January 23, 2006 11:24 ET

Sage Software Launches Entry-Level Accounting With Microsoft® Integration

Simply Accounting by Sage, Basic -- For Microsoft Office Users Offers Simple-to-Use, Cost Efficient Accounting for Start-up Businesses

RICHMOND, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2006 -- Sage Software today announced that Simply Accounting by Sage, Basic -- For Microsoft Office Users is now available in the U.S. The newly released accounting package offers start-ups, such as small mom-and-pop operations and part-time businesses, a cost efficient accounting package which includes payroll capabilities and in-depth Microsoft Office integration.

Simply Accounting has offered a competitive accounting package for small businesses for 20 years in both the U.S. and Canada. In Canada, Simply Accounting has been the number one selling small business accounting software annually for more than a decade.

For small business owners who use a Microsoft Office Operating System, Simply Accounting is built on a Microsoft Access Database which enables tight integration between it and Microsoft Office applications. Small business owners can easily view reports created in Simply Accounting Basic in Microsoft Excel® with established formulas intact, use Microsoft Word within Simply Accounting to send letters to their customers, and synchronize customers and vendors from within the product with Microsoft Outlook®.

"For entry-level businesses that want to migrate from a personal finance product or a spreadsheet, Simply Accounting Basic is the ideal accounting package," said Laurie Schultz, general manager, Simply Accounting, Sage Software. "With over two-thirds of all accounting software being purchased at the entry-level, Sage Software is committed to serving this part of the market with Simply Accounting Basic."

For a price of $49.99, entry-level businesses receive 30 days of free customer support and a competitive feature set. This latest release offers usability changes throughout to simplify and streamline the product including an improved user interface, as well as additional wizards for managing common daily tasks. In addition, the enhancements to payroll will enable small business owners to improve workflow.

Pricing and Availability

Simply Accounting by Sage, Basic -- For Microsoft Office Users is currently shipping and will be available at U.S. office supply retailers or direct from Sage Software. Simply Accounting Basic retails for $49.99 and includes 30 days of free customer support. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.simplyaccounting.com or call (888) 261-9610

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.5 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.7 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries.

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