Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions Announces Support

FARGO, N.D., May 31, 2001 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions today announced its support for Microsoft® Office XP through integrations across Microsoft Great Plains’ leading business applications: eEnterprise, Solomon, Dynamics and Great Plains Siebel Front Office. These integrations allow Microsoft Great Plains customers to take advantage of the latest features in Office XP, such as collaborating with other employees, sharing key business information with their organization or completing analysis tasks.

The Dynamics and eEnterprise Explorer applications provide automated export to Office XP products, allowing customers to place critical information about their businesses into Word and Excel. This interface enables powerful functionality and allows automated charting, analysis, mail merge and other functions with a single click of the mouse.

Excel-based budgeting, which utilizes the collaboration and programming capabilities of Office XP, is built into the Solomon, Dynamics and eEnterprise General Ledger applications. This allows customers to manage budgets in Excel and integrate the information seamlessly into their financial management systems.

Because of its integration with Microsoft Outlook® messaging and collaboration client mail services, the Solomon Application Server can distribute reports via e-mail to those who need them, and users can request reports or the execution of specific processes via e-mail. These e-mail capabilities also make it easier for multisite organizations and remote locations to contribute and collect more timely information for use in decision-making across the company.

The Integration Assistant for Excel 2002 allows customers to collect and build transactional information, as well as other critical business information, in Excel and integrate that data into the financial systems.

“The Office XP release has taken the suite to the next level, providing increased power and flexibility while improving usability,”
said Darren Laybourn, executive vice president of products at Microsoft Great Plains.
“Our customers can now leverage the critical information in their business solutions more fully by utilizing the powerful Office XP suite to analyze the information and then take action quickly.”

“Our goal with Office XP is to provide customers with tools to help them work smarter, which includes being able to more easily access information and share it with others, have greater control over Office, and better protect customers from losing data,”
said Lisa Gurry, product manager for Office at Microsoft Corp.
“We are thrilled to see Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions capitalize on Office XP technology to provide its customers with the best set of productivity tools.”

About Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and midmarket companies become more agile in today’s interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at .

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