Toronto (Oct. 6, 2003) -- The pending acquisition of Softline Ltd. by Sage plc, the United Kingdom-based parent of Best Software, was the hot discussion topic among the approximately 300 resellers gathered here for the Partnership 2003 conference of Softline's North American accounting software affiliate BusinessVision.

The resellers — who included a sizable portion of accountants — were most interested in what would occur with BusinessVision, which seems likely to become part of Best Software. Their informal discussions focused on whether Best would continue the BusinessVision products and where those products fit in Best’s line of software that already includes Peachtree and MAS 90/200 accounting, FAS fixed-asset computation and Abra payroll, among others.

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