SOURCE: Sage Software

July 19, 2005 12:05 ET

Simply Accounting by Sage Wins 2005 World Class Award From PC World

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced that its widely popular Simply Accounting 2005 was honored by PC World with a 2005 World Class Award for small business accounting, announced in the July 2005 issue of PC World(1). This is the 3rd consecutive year that Simply Accounting has earned this honor, designated by the editors of PC World magazine, each time outranking Intuit's QuickBooks®(2).

The bestselling small business accounting product in Canada(3), Simply Accounting also provides a broad set of core accounting functions for value-conscious small businesses in the US, where Peachtree is the company's primary brand for small business accounting. Simply Accounting 2005 uses a clear graphical layout designed to be immediately accessible for non-accountants to get them up and running quickly. It includes more than 100 starter templates for different business types, 30 days free telephone support, and an optional payroll tax update service, all designed to simplify the user's experience. The new Basic version provides more than 50 enhancements and new features, with a focus on ease of use, business analysis, and reporting.

Celebrating its 23rd year, the respected World Class Awards honor products that meld practical features with innovation and reflect the rapidly changing technology marketplace. To select the winners, PC World's editors examined hundreds of products, including those that have appeared in the magazine over the past 12 months. The winning products were selected for their exemplary design and usability, features, performance, innovation, and price.

"The ultimate buyers guide, World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the high-tech and consumer electronics industries," stated Harry McCracken, editor in chief of PC World. "From desktop publishers to travel routers to satellite radio and video instant messenger services, the editors reward the finest products and most outstanding performers in this annual award program. Congratulations to Simply Accounting."

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 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 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. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

(1) For U.S. version.

(2) Simply Accounting U.S. versions were also awarded the World Class Award in July 2003 and July 2004.

(3) According to A.C. Neilsen ratings as of May 2005.

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