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
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.