Softchoice Corporation
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Softchoice Corporation

November 29, 2010 09:01 ET

Softchoice Named 'Software Asset Management Partner of the Year' at Microsoft IMPACT Awards

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) -

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Softchoice Corporation (TSX:SO), a leading North American provider of IT solutions and services, is delighted to announce it has been named Microsoft's 'Software Asset Management Partner of the Year'.

"Technology partners are at the core of Microsoft's business and we've always relied upon their commitment to infinite possibilities to provide the foundation for delivering truly innovative solutions to the marketplace," said Corinne Sharp, National Director, Canadian Partner Network, Microsoft Canada Inc. "We are pleased to celebrate the outstanding solutions of industry leaders like Softchoice."

Softchoice was given the honor in recognition of the value the Company has provided more than 1600 organizations in helping to reduce the costs and risks associated with software license management. Of particular note was Softchoice's new IT Asset Management-as-a-Service offering. The first of its kind, Softchoice's ITAM-as-a-Service offering includes access to an online repository and analysis engine as well as one-on-one consultations with certified ITAM consultants. Through this approach Softchoice has eliminated the need for customers to invest in specialized tools or add expert resources by combining all the elements of an effective IT Asset Management strategy in a single affordable package.

"This honor reflects our focus on providing solutions that integrate the nuts and bolts of an effective ITAM program," said Dean Williams, Services Development Manager for Softchoice. "Softchoice's ITAM-as-a-Service gives organizations everything they need in one package – from easy to use reporting and benchmarking tools to direct access to industry ITAM experts. Essentially we take care of the elements that cause the most headaches so IT departments can focus on improving the management of their environment."

The eighth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada as well as the innovative solutions and value they deliver to customers. This is the third time Softchoice has won the award for Software Asset Management Partner of the year.

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About Softchoice

As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation and asset management services, as well as providing access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With over 850 employees located in more than 40 branch offices, Softchoice manages the technology needs of more than 15,000 corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.

Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the trading symbol "SO." The common shares of Softchoice are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United States.

Forward-looking Statements

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About the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards

In 2003, Microsoft Canada replaced all of its previous technology partner awards with a unified program that also recognizes customer service, marketing, and contribution to the community. Microsoft Canada has outlined 30 categories to highlight the Partner Network competencies to honour the achievements of top technology partners.

The Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards were open to Systems Integrators, Large Account Resellers, Direct Market Resellers, Value Added Resellers, Distributors, Systems Builders, Authorized Education Resellers, Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, Microsoft Certified Partners, Independent Software Vendors, Channel Suppliers, Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

For a list of all 2010 finalists, and more information on the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards, please visit http://www.microsoft.ca/awards.

To view the video associated with this release, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMGIYh0h1lg.

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