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BT and Microsoft team up on small business

£50 a month per user

Small businesses are being offered a one-stop-shop for software and broadband through a new joint offering from BT and Microsoft.

If the service takes off Microsoft has said it will look into offering it internationally with other partners, according to Rakesh Mahajan, general manager for strategy and business development with of BT Retail.

BT Connected and Complete has been put together to give small companies broadband access, email, Office software and support and maintenance on a per-user basis.

For about £50 a month per user, depending on the size of the company, a local BT channel partner will install and set up the broadband connection, with firewall and antivirus software, and provide Microsoft's Solution for Hosted Exchange 1003, Version 2.0, for email, contacts and calendar access, plus Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003.

Companies will also be offered a domain name and simple web design software to help them create their first web site.

BT's channel partners will provide support and will visit each customer every six months to perform an "IT health check up" on the company to assess its infrastructure and future needs. Customers will also have access to both BT and Microsoft's helpdesks.


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