Microsoft has signed another three Australian application service providers (ASPs) to sell its Office and BackOffice product suite under the ASP Licensing Pilot Program, launched earlier this year.
The addition of WebCentral, Peakhour and Unisys brings the membership of the Pilot Program to five, including Telstra and Tequinox.
According to Microsoft, the diverse range of ASP partners taking part in the Pilot Program will mean that businesses will be able to choose a service provider that suits their specific needs.
"Through Microsoft's ASP Licensing Pilot Program, customers will have access to and be able to choose from the best application service providers in the country offering Microsoft products," said Kevin Rodrigo, Microsoft Australia's network solutions group manager.
The deal with Microsoft is key to the ASPs' plan to provide a complete product offering under an ASP model, where software is hosted remotely and delivered via a secure network line on a rental basis.
"Adding Microsoft Office to our suite means that Peakhour customers can now access the latest version of the world's most popular business software from any computer with a browser and an Internet connection," said Troy Cox, chief technical officer for Peakhour, an ASP targeting the SME market.
The announcement follows a recent announcement by Microsoft regarding a three-way global partnership between Microsoft, Cable & Wireless and Compaq to create a wide range of ASP services.