Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards recognize top Canadian technology partners for customer support and service successes

Mississauga, ON — September 17, 2008 — Microsoft Canada Co. today announced the finalists for this year’s Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards. The sixth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada as well as the innovative solutions and value they deliver to customers. The IMPACT Awards also acknowledge technology partners for their achievements beyond revenue, growth and innovation, including awards for customer service, marketing and contribution to their communities. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Toronto on November 13, 2008.

“Our annual IMPACT Awards is an opportunity to celebrate top technology partners who have demonstrated their leadership and shown true dedication through their tremendous support and service to customers.” Lora Gernon, Director, Partner Group, Microsoft Canada Co.

New in 2008 is the IAMCP Canada Partner of the Year award which recognizes a technology partner who has demonstrated leadership across all four pillars of the IAMCP focus which include Partner Channel Building, Advocacy, Community/Citizenship and Education.

The Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards are open to Systems Integrators, Large Account Resellers, Direct Market Resellers, Value Added Resellers, Distributors, Systems Builders, Authorized Education Resellers, Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, Microsoft Certified Partners, Independent Software Vendors, Channel Suppliers, Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

In addition, IMPACT Awards include categories that recognize top technology partners for excellence in four categories: Solution Awards; Business Awards; Marketing Awards; and Community & Initiative Awards.

The finalists for this year’s Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards are as follows:

Data Management Solution of the Year
JMP Engineering Inc.
M R S COMPANY LTD
Point Alliance Inc.

For more details about the Microsoft Partner Program IMPACT Awards please go to: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/awards

About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

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For more information please contact:

Chantelle Bernard
High Road Communications
cbernard@highroad.com
(416) 644-2289