and Microsoft Strengthen Relationship and Develop Closer Software Integration to Enable Microsoft Office 11 Beta to Print Electronic Postage with Ease

SANTA MONICA, Calif, — October 23, 2002 – Inc., the leading online postage service, today announced that it has signed an expanded three-year strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT). Separately, the companies are working to forge tighter integration of’s online postage technology with Microsoft’s widely-used Word software. The enhanced electronic postage printing functionality is currently being tested in the beta version of Microsoft Office 11.

“We believe that users of Microsoft Word will benefit from easier access to electronic postage printing through this integration,” said Jeff Olund, general manager of Office eServices for Microsoft. “We collaborated closely with to provide our users with a seamless experience when finding, signing up for, and printing electronic postage directly from Microsoft Word.”

Users who print envelopes using Microsoft Word 11 will be offered the option of checking a box to add electronic postage. When they do so, they will be able to print the address and postage on the envelope in an easy, one step seamless process powered by, all without leaving the familiar Word interface.

“By integrating our service into mail preparation tools such as Microsoft Word, our customers can complete their mailings more easily, achieve greater work productivity and reduce their mail hassle,” said Ken McBride, chief executive officer of “We believe this new and deeper level of integration with Microsoft adds value to our service, increases access points to our technology and gives us the opportunity to reach new customer markets.”

In addition to easier access to postage, Microsoft users will benefit from features provided by such as:

  • Adding graphics or company logos to the mail piece for a personalized or professional look;
  • Keeping track of postage use through reports and accounting codes;
  • Minimizing undeliverable mail through automatic address correction and verification;
  • Automatic calculation of postage rates based on mail class and weight of mail piece.

The integration of online postage technology signals the first implementation of functionality within Microsoft applications through a growing strategic relationship. It is also an important achievement in’s efforts to seamlessly integrate its postage solution into partner products and services.

About (Nasdaq: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. enables customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection. The company targets its services to small businesses, home offices, and individuals, and currently has partnerships with companies including Auctionwatch, Comp USA, Earthlink, HP, Microsoft, NCR, Office Depot, PayPal and the U.S. Postal Service.

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