Sage announced a global agreement with Microsoft to collaborate on future product development, building new Sage products on Microsoft platforms and closer integration across the two companies’ product portfolios.

With the agreement, Sage will offer accounting and bookkeeping productivity tools built on Microsoft cloud solutions.

Sage, a customer of Microsoft Office 365, Windows and Azure, extends its relationship with the company to offer these cloud, on-premise and hybrid solutions globally.

“We have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Microsoft for many years at a local level, but this new agreement is about taking a step back to look at the bigger picture,” stated Alan Laing, EVP of global strategic partnerships and alliances at Sage. “We’re imagining what could be made possible for small and medium businesses if our two organizations worked more closely together on a global scale. We’re really excited about the possibilities – the greatest developer minds working on the very latest platforms to build exciting new solutions for small and medium Business in the long-term. That’s what Sage is all about and we’re delighted to share that vision with Microsoft.”

“We’re pleased to be growing our relationship with Sage, building upon their work with Azure, and extending it to the Office 365 platform,” stated Julia White, general manager of Office 365 product marketing at Microsoft. “By developing on the Office 365 platform, Sage will ultimately help accountants and bookkeepers to be more productive.”

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