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Attention Small Biz Partners – Why upgrade from older versions of Office to Office 2003 Session on March 17th. Register today.

We have received many requests for this session from our Small Business channel partners, so here it is!

With the launch of Office 2003 almost 2 years ago, many customers ask why they should upgrade to Office 2003.  Many of these customers are running older versions of Office, such as Office 97 and don’t see the “value” of Office 2003. We’d like to invite you to the Why Office 2003? The Many Reasons to Migrate from Office 97 webcast, sponsored by the Central Region Small Business team, which also includes information on the Office Pro Promotion which could get your customers up to $20,000 from Microsoft just for purchasing Microsoft Office Professional!  


Thursday March 17, 2005

11:30am – 1:30pm CST
Recommended Audience: Small Business Partner (VAR, Reseller, Services Partner, System Builder, ISV, etc.)

To register, please go to

or call (877) 673-8368 Event ID 1032271142


During this on-line briefing, hosted by Brad Billison, Partner Technology Specialist, Nick Stillings, Business Productivity Advisor and Eric Ligman, Development Manager, you will gain a deeper understanding of the many business reasons your customers should upgrade today by connecting people, information and business processes.  Here are just a few:

§         Collaborate on Documents with Team Members- leveraging such technologies as Windows SharePoint Services

§         Organize Meetings and Events- save time by side-by-side calendars and meeting workspaces

§         Managing Document Changes- you can lock down a Word document to manage changes as you see fit

§         Controlling Access to Vital Business Information- with Information Rights Management (IRM), you determine who sees what and what they can do with that information

§         Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager (Small Business Edition only) – use Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager to manage your business contacts, track sales opportunities, and run reports.

§         Preventing E-Mail Overload- enhanced privacy features and improved junk mail filtering allow you to manage your Inbox

§         Organizing Your E-Mail Inbox- Quick Flags and Search Folders make finding that email so much easier

§         Improving Performance and Administration- Outlook 2003 connectivity performance enhancements make connecting easier and faster and never lose that document again with the document recovery feature

§         Working Mobile- handwriting integration with mobile devices

§         And so many more…


You will also learn about a very exciting rebate opportunity that you can use to get your customers up to $20,000 directly from Microsoft just for purchasing Microsoft® Office Professional Edition 2003!  Plus, you will hear about a promotion the Central Region Small Business Team is running for Open Value in Small Business in the Central Region that you can use in conjunction with the services promotion.

We look forward to having you join us for this session,

Eric Ligman
Small Business Development Manager – U.S. Central Region

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