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Intuit's Quicken to Provide Stamps.com Services

Financial software company Intuit this week announced that online shipping services company Stamps.com's Internet postage service will be integrated into coming versions of the company's personal and small business software packages.

Users of Intuit's Quicken 2001 Basic, Deluxe and Home & Business financial management software will be able to sign up for Stamps.com's service, enabling them to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage, negating the need for stamps or metered mail services.

Customers will also have access to special services from Stamps.com including tools for pricing, tracking and shipping packages and ordering supplies online.

In addition, the option to print postage with business forms has been added to Quicken 2001 Home & Business, giving small businesses the ability to postmark invoices, checks and customer statements right from their desktop.

"We are extremely pleased to provide our services through the enormous reach of Quicken's loyal user base," said Doug Walner, senior vice president and general manager of Stamps.com's small business unit.

The deal most directly furthers the startup's brand among small-business users, its most lucrative segment.

"This is a real win for small businesses," said Ann Gnuse, Quicken group marketing manager. "By including Internet Postage within Quicken, our users will save time and manual entry, which will allow them to more efficiently manage their finances."

The deal is the latest in Stamps.com's strategy of high-profile partnering.

Stamps.com currently offers its software with America Online's online service and Hewlett-Packard printer products. Last year, Microsoft began offering Stamp.com's services as an optional online add-on to its popular Microsoft Office suite of business software.