Microsoft Corp. has launched the Microsoft Professional Accountants' Network to offer training and technical support on its upcoming Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 application.

Program participants will have free business-critical and installation support on the SBA application. Another support program is also available for $300 a year; it includes five free incident calls for accountants outside the two free support services, 10 free licenses for SBA and 10 free licenses for Microsoft Office Small Business Management Edition 2006, software with SBA embedded into Microsoft Office.

As an incentive to join the program, Microsoft is giving away a prerelease version of Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006, the stand-alone version of the financial software application for small businesses, which is due out in September.

Other program benefits include 24 hours of continuing professional education credits and three hours of online lab training on SBA, as well as online resources such as newsletters, news groups, tips and tricks, and a directory of other accountants in the network. Seminars with K2 Enterprises and J. Carlton Collins will also be available to accountants in the new network; however, pricing for those seminars isn't set by Microsoft.

Information on the program is available at

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