SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Stamps.com Inc. (Nasdaq: STMP – News), the leading online postage service, today announced that it has signed an expanded three-year strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT – News). Separately, the companies are working to forge tighter integration of Stamps.com’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 Stamps.com 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 Stamps.com, 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 Stamps.com. “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.”
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