SOURCE: Sage Software

August 24, 2005 09:00 ET

Visa® and Sage Software Establish Partnership to Offer Cardholders ACT! and Peachtree Products

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2005 -- Sage Software and Visa U.S.A., Inc. announced today that Visa cardholders will be offered product rebates for online purchases of the market leading ACT! contact and customer management and Peachtree Accounting software applications. Consumer, small business and corporate cardholders can receive a $50 instant rebate on ACT! purchases. Cardholders can save 20% instantly when purchasing Peachtree Complete, Peachtree Premium, or any of the specialty editions of Peachtree: for Accountants, Construction, Distribution, Manufacturing and Nonprofit organizations. Products can be purchased now through October 31st, 2005, using the cardholder's Visa card at www.visa.com/discounts.

"Sage Software offers the broadest selection of business management software for small and mid-size businesses and organizations," said Doug Meyer, president, Sage Software small business division. "Our commitment to serve customers with a range of solutions for the life of their businesses mirrors Visa's vision for universal convenience and value. Combining Sage Software product value with Visa purchasing efficiency is an important step in expanding the benefits we offer our mutual customers."

With 1.3 billion cards in circulation and unsurpassed acceptance in more than 150 countries, Visa-branded cards are nearly universal and give users the ability to make purchases conveniently, safely, and in the way they want.

ACT! created the contact and customer management software category in 1987 and today is the preferred choice of over 2.5 million users to help increase productivity by managing appointments, activities, documents and notes/histories required for effective customer communications. ACT! helps individuals, small business and corporate workgroups improve bottom-line results by automating and customizing key aspects of the sales cycle to provide better forecasting and opportunity tracking. For more information call 888-855-5222 or visit www.act.com/visaoffer.

For nearly 30 years, Peachtree accounting products have served the needs of growing small businesses who rely on their accounting to give them the insight they need to make better business decisions. Peachtree helps small businesses efficiently manage and streamline their accounting and business management operations by providing powerful accounting with strong analysis tools and operations management features including tight integration with Microsoft Excel and comprehensive reporting functionality. For more information call 800-228-0068 or visit www.peachtree.com/visaoffer.

About Visa

Visa is the world's leading payment brand generating US$3 trillion in annual card sales volume. Visa has unsurpassed acceptance in more than 150 countries. The Visa organization plays a pivotal role in developing innovative payment products and technologies to benefit its 21,000 member financial institutions and their cardholders. Visa is a leader in Internet-based payments and is pioneering the creation of u-commerce, or universal commerce -- the ability to conduct commerce anywhere, anytime, and any way. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

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.

© 2005 Sage Software SB, Inc. All rights reserved. ACT! and Peachtree are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sage Software SB, Inc. All other brands are trademarks of their respective companies.

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