Upstart Apptix Nets Microsoft Honors

In April, Apptix spun to life when its parent company Oslo, Norway-based TeleComputing decided its private-label hosted messaging and collaboration services would be better offered by a separate entry (see The Next Generation of ASPs).

Today, less than four months later, the Sterling, Va.-based ASP announced that Microsoft Corp. has named it the winner of the annual Microsoft Global Service Provider of the Year Award in the Hosting & Application Services category. The award was given at Microsoft Fusion 2002 in Los Angeles.

“Looking at the incredible opportunities that the Apptix private-label solution offers service providers — such as faster time to market, reduced total cost of ownership and revenue growth — it’s clear why Apptix was selected as Microsoft’s Hosted & Application Services Award winner.” said Fredrik Winsnes, general manager of NSP Solution Development at Microsoft.

Apptix allows ISPs, telecoms carriers and other companies that want to add an ASP offering to their portfolios a turnkey, quick-to-market way to sell hosted Microsoft Exchange 2000 to their customers. Those providers can start generating recurring revenues in 30 days or less, according to Jason Donahue, president and CEO of Apptix. “Microsoft has provided us great applications, technology and support. They also have supported our Revenue Assurance Services program.”

Announced last month, Apptix’ Revenue Assurance Program is designed to provide tailored programs to help service providers launch and sell Microsoft Exchange 2000 services (see Apptix Launches Revenue Assurance Program).

In related news, Tempe, Ariz.-based ASP announced on Friday that it has received Microsoft’s gold certification for its electronic messaging services (see Gets the (Microsoft) Gold).

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