Sage North America has released Sage Simply Accounting 2011 for the United States, a bilingual edition of the software aimed at Hispanic small and midsized businesses in the U.S.

Sage has traditionally marketed the software in Canada, and aimed its Peachtree line at the U.S. market. Still, the software has attracted more than 500,000 customers across North America over 25 years of development. The software was marketed years ago in the U.S. by Computer Associates’ Accpac division as Simply Accounting. Sage acquired the Accpac division in 2004.

Sage Simply Accounting's English/Spanish bilingual capabilities are a key feature in the 2011 edition, addressing the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses and accountants operating in or serving the U.S. Hispanic community.

"The number of Hispanic-owned small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. is growing at a rate two to three times faster than the national average," said Sage Simply Accounting vice president and general manager Jamie Sutherland in a statement.

Sage Simply Accounting 2011 allows users to toggle between the two languages in real time. The software generates and allows customized documents and reports in either English or Spanish. Small businesses operating in other countries can use the software’s multicurrency feature to create invoices or receipts in another currency and avoid manual currency conversions.

Sage Simply Accounting 2011 also offers free online training in Spanish and English, and service options that include North America-based bilingual phone support.

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