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Microsoft Chooses E-Stamp as Postage Partner

E-Stamp Corp. was selected this week as Microsoft's "premium Internet postage partner" for its Microsoft Office Update Web site.

As a featured service on the site, E-Stamp will make its Internet Postage service available to Microsoft Office users as soon as the service is approved by the U.S. Postal Service for commercial release, expected later this summer. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

"Microsoft and E-Stamp share a common goal of helping small businesses to be more productive and have more time to focus on running their business," said Jeff Olund, director of worldwide products at Microsoft. "E-Stamp will provide a new and useful service to our Microsoft Office customers, enabling them to get postage online from within their Office applications."

E-Stamp said its postage service was designed with Microsoft Office customers in mind and offers seamless integration.

Customers can print stamps onto envelopes, labels and documents, while using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Personal Address Book. Additionally, customers who print stamps directly onto a document while using Word can mail the document in one of E-Stamp's patented window envelopes, which features a special "window" for the digital stamp. These envelopes will be sold exclusively in E-Stamp's online store, which is slated to launch later this year.

E-Stamp also said it will extend special, exclusive offers and promotions to customers visiting the Microsoft Office Update Web site. Microsoft has twice invested in E-Stamp and holds a seat on the privately held company's board of directors.