Microsoft Business Solutions to Host Eighth Annual Microsoft Solution Conference for Customers

REDMOND, Wash., March 15, 2004 — Microsoft Business Solutions will host its annual North American customer conference, Convergence 2004, a four-day business and learning event, March 21–24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Convergence is one of the premier customer events for Microsoft Corp., offering customers the opportunity to learn how to further leverage their Microsoft®
investment and providing a strong sense of community through interactions with industry leaders, Microsoft Business Solutions team members, business partners and other customers.

Doug Burgum, senior vice president at Microsoft; Orlando Ayala, senior vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners group at Microsoft; and motivational speaker Todd Skinner will deliver keynote addresses to an anticipated 6,000 attendees, including customers, partners and team members. Skinner is an accomplished rock climber whose achievements have been documented in film and magazines in 12 languages. He will share the story of his first ascent of the East Face of Trango Tower, in the Baltoro region of Pakistan.

Convergence 2004 will offer attendees a unique opportunity to preview new productivity tools, see Microsoft Business Solutions applications and other Microsoft products in action, learn how to gain even greater value from the Microsoft solutions they use today, meet and network with other customers, and choose from an extensive menu of workshops developed to address the needs of an increasingly interconnected global marketplace.

Convergence 2004 also will feature the following events:

  • One hundred eleven educational sessions will help attendees enhance software knowledge and efficiency. Sessions will focus on professional skills, business development, e-business, technology and product-specific features; the sessions include real-life tips designed to help customers get the most out of their software and boost overall efficiency.

  • General sessions will outline the product strategy and vision of Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta® , Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains® , Microsoft Great Plains–Navision®
    , Microsoft Business Solutions–Solomon and Microsoft Business Solutions CRM, as well as the Microsoft Office System.

  • The Convergence Expo will give attendees the opportunity to connect with more than 100 top Microsoft Business Solutions independent software vendors and alliance partners.

  • The Pinnacle Awards Ceremony will honor Microsoft Business Solutions customers from around the globe and recognize those who have achieved phenomenal success.

Several key software industry vendors, along with Microsoft Business Solutions, are sponsoring Convergence 2004, including HP, Bank One Corp., Maximum Data Solutions Inc., Captaris Teamplate Inc., entegrate USA, Professional Advantage and Solver Inc.

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions offers integrated business applications and services that allow small and midsize organizations and divisions of large enterprises to connect employees, customers and suppliers for improved efficiency. The financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management and analytics applications work with Microsoft products such as Office and Windows®
to streamline processes across an entire organization, giving businesses insight to respond rapidly, plan strategically and execute quickly. Microsoft Business Solutions applications are delivered through a worldwide network of channel partners that provide specialized services and local support tailored to a company’s needs.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft, Axapta, Great Plains, Navision and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp., Great Plains Software Inc., Microsoft Business Solutions ApS or their affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Great Plains Software Inc. and Microsoft Business Solutions ApS are wholly owned subsidiaries of Microsoft Corp.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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