Microsoft Small and Midsize Business Pressroom: Press Materials

Fact Sheets

Office 365 SMB Plans
Oct. 02, 2014
Microsoft is evolving Office 365 plans to make them even better for small and midsized businesses.

Matte Releases

How Small Businesses Can Adapt To The New World Of Work
Just as social media and mobile technologies are changing how individuals connect with friends and family, they are also changing how consumers and businesses interact.

Moving from Windows XP and Office 2003 to Windows 8.1 and Office 365: Top tips for a smooth transition
March 17, 2014
With support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ending on April 8, 2014, small businesses and consumers are buying newer devices with updated technology. For people upgrading to Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Office 365, this video provides a few simple tips that will help small businesses get the most out of their new operating system and productivity software.

How to Upgrade Your Business to the Latest Microsoft Technology
March 03, 2014
With support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 ending as of April 8, 2014, small businesses should look to upgrade their systems now. For tech-savvy and non-tech savvy businesses alike, upgrading is easy – provided they know where to turn for help. This matte releases provides guidance on how to upgrade.

The Windows XP Era is Ending: What It Means For Small Businesses and Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Upgrade
Feb. 27, 2014
There’s never been a better time for small businesses to upgrade their technologies to Windows 8.1 and Office 365. That’s because, as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003, and businesses will no longer be able to receive technical support from the company.

Press Releases

New research highlights potential for technology to help fuel significant revenue and job growth by SMEs
Oct. 04, 2013
New BCG research finds that if more SMEs adopted the latest IT tools, they could boost their combined revenues by $770 billion and create more than 6 million jobs in just five countries.

Small businesses with ‘involuntary’ IT managers lose US$24 billion in productivity annually, according to AMI-Partners study
April 22, 2013
Microsoft-commissioned AMI-Partners study examines impact of non-IT professionals managing technology in small businesses across several countries.

Solving SMB Challenges with Cloud Computing
May 04, 2012
Vahé Torossian, corporate vice president, Worldwide Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group at Microsoft

Small, Midsize Businesses Take to the Cloud
March 28, 2012
New research shows growing number of firms adopting cloud services to expand reach.

Office 365 Becomes First and Only Major Cloud Productivity Service to Comply With Leading EU and U.S. Standards for Data Protection and Security
Dec. 14, 2011

HP and Microsoft Deliver Global Communications and Collaboration Solutions Via the Cloud
Dec. 08, 2011

Microsoft Cloud Services Get Major Service Updates, New Customers
Nov. 29, 2011

Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype
Oct. 13, 2011

Microsoft Previews ‘Windows 8’
June 01, 2011

Microsoft Announces Office 365
Oct. 19, 2010

Microsoft and ChangeBASE Announce New SMB Application Compatibility Tool for Windows 7 Professional
April 26, 2010

Microsoft Study Shows SMB Technology Spending on the Rebound
April 20, 2010

Microsoft Ushers in the Next Generation of the Social Phone With KIN, a New Windows Phone
April 12, 2010

Microsoft Drives Customer Success With Microsoft Dynamics CRM
March 18, 2010

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series
Feb. 15, 2010

Microsoft Study Reveals Small and Midsize Businesses Using Hosted Services Have Better Financial Performance
Feb. 03, 2010

Intuit and Microsoft Join Forces to Deliver Web Applications to Millions of Small Businesses
Jan. 12, 2010

Microsoft Simplifies the PC With Windows 7
Oct. 22, 2009

On the Go, Running Errands or Waiting in Line, Study Shows Smartphone Users Prefer Using Their Voice to Typing or Touching
July 29, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
July 22, 2009

Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure Platform Business Model, Bringing New Revenue Opportunities to Partners Worldwide
July 14, 2009

Microsoft Office 2010 Hits Major Milestone and Enters Technical Preview
July 13, 2009

HP and Microsoft Expand Alliance in Unified Communications and Collaboration
May 19, 2009

Windows 7 Release Candidate Is Available From Microsoft
April 30, 2009

Microsoft Online Services Available for Purchase Worldwide
April 27, 2009

New Entry-Level Server Platform Gives Small Businesses Access to Big-Business Solutions
April 01, 2009

Microsoft Study Shows SMBs Using Technology to Cut Costs, Grow Business
March 25, 2009

LightEdge Launches Hosted Unified Communications Service for SMBs
Feb. 10, 2009

Microsoft’s Ballmer Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live
Jan. 07, 2009

Feature Stories

The new world of work: How mobile technology is transforming the way small businesses do business
Nov. 18, 2013

SMBs: Don’t leave $770B on the table
Oct. 04, 2013
Recent study highlights the benefits of cloud technology for small businesses looking to get ahead.

Now Online: A Century of Women’s Entrepreneurialism
March 28, 2013
Microsoft partners with the U.S. National Women’s History Museum to launch an exhibit examining the journey of American women who have started businesses over the last century.

Small Businesses Punch Above Their Weight with Office 365
Feb. 27, 2013
Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium helps small businesses punch above their weight to outperform competition.

There’s No Better Time to Try Office 365
Dec. 20, 2012
Thomas Hansen, Vice President, SMB Worldwide, explains how Office 365 can benefit your small business.

SMBs In Action
Oct. 10, 2012
Microsoft is committed to democratizing IT for SMBs by providing enterprise-grade solutions that level the playing field between SMBs and enterprises. Here are three examples of great companies that are leveraging cloud-based technologies to decrease costs, increase security protection and develop better customer service.

Small and Midsize Business Disaster Preparedness Guide
Jan. 23, 2012
Disaster Preparedness eGuide (.pdf, 1.6 MB)

Cloud Services on the Radar for SMBs in 2012
Jan. 27, 2012
Vahé Torossian, corporate vice president, Worldwide Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group at Microsoft

Computing, Naturally
March 02, 2010

Executive Bios

Vahé Torossian, Corporate Vice President SMS&P, Microsoft Corp.

Thomas Hansen, Vice President, SMB Worldwide, Microsoft Corp.


SMB Cloud Adoption Study Dec 2010 – Global Report

Enterprise social adoption trends across SMBs and large companies

Involuntary IT Manager (IITM) Study

Microsoft SMB/Partner Insight Report
April 20, 2010
.doc file, 1.7 MB

Case Studies

Microsoft virtualisation technology helps hosted services provider broaden choice, cut service costs and expand market.

InterGrid GreenButton
GreenButton Super Computing Power in the Cloud

Software Developer Switches from Rackspace to Go Global, Expects 30 Percent More Revenue

Chengdu Cloud Computing Center
Chinese City Uses Cloud Computing to Improve Food Safety

Human Resources Solution Vendor Uses Cloud to Capture New Markets, Cut Costs

Company Efficiently Delivers Advanced Forecasts with Scalable Software-plus-Services

Runtime Software
IT Firm Uses Cloud to Meet Mobile Data Access Demands for Corporate Customers

ExelGroup achieves cost reduction and efficiency increase with Soft1 on Windows Azure

Lifetime Financial Management
Finance Software Company Wins Enterprise Contract with Client-Based Cloud Solution

ISV Uses Cloud to Speed Deployment, Cut Costs for Retail Analytics and Planning Solutions

Thomas Kemper Soda Company
Soda Maker Saves 40 Hours a Week by Communicating in the Cloud

C&I Engineering
Engineering Firm Uses Cloud Tools to Solve Problems, Offer Better Customer Service

Video Publisher Chooses Windows Azure over Amazon EC2 for Cost-Effective Scalability

Fast-Growing Small Business in Holland Gains Scalability with Cloud Solution

Hello! Magazine
Hello! Magazine Leverages the Power of Microsoft and Novell Joint Virtualization Solutions for Data Center Optimization


Cloud Computing for Businesses – The Place to Be
Sept. 27, 2011

“The Evolution of a Small Business” // Focus On Your Business
April 27, 2011

Microsoft® Office 2010 helped Gafcon reduce IT Expenses by Nearly $50K
Jan. 4, 2011