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e-academy Signs Agreement as Microsoft’s MSDN Academic Alliance Solution Partner

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September 21, 2001 – e-academy, Inc., the leading provider of digital content management and software distribution solutions to higher education is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a solution partner for Microsoft’s new Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) Program. Under this agreement, Microsoft will offer members of its MSDNAA subscription-based program the option to subscribe to e-academy’s License Management System (ELMS) service to efficiently manage the software distribution and licensing policies associated with MSDNAA.

Microsoft’s MSDNAA Program, part of Microsoft’s .NET strategy, is designed specifically for academic labs, faculty, and students in the curriculum areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems to make it easier and less expensive to get Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes.

This annual subscription-based licensing program requires members to limit distribution to eligible students and to manage frequent software updates. With the potential rollout to over 2000 colleges and universities over the next year, an automated software distribution and management system was required.

“e-academy’s License Management System is an ideal fit for our MSDNAA initiative,” said Janie Schwark, Academic Marketing Manager for Developer and .NET Enterprise Servers. “By offering an MSDNAA-tailored ELMS option through e-academy, Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment to helping ensure that educational institutions and students have access to our most current technologies with reduced distribution and management requirements.”

e-academy’s Internet-hosted ELMS platform provides secure, scalable content management solutions that implement a wide range of publisher licensing policies to highly targeted users in the academic community. MSDNAA members will license ELMS on an annual subscription basis to automate distribution of MSDNAA software products to authenticated users, track all software downloads & installations with detailed usage reports, and provide access to the most up-to-date MSDNAA programs.

“We are very pleased to be selected by Microsoft as its MSDNAA Solution Partner,” said Ram Raju, CEO of e-academy Inc. “This Agreement confirms the software industry’s momentum toward electronic license management in the higher education market. Managed software distribution, targeted at differentiated segments of the academic community, has great benefits to all parties involved: software publishers, academic administrators and end-users”.

Students and faculty who wish to purchase the software can download it directly from the e-academy website. e-academy’s secure encryption process protects against piracy while allowing users 24-hour access to the software they need. Once installed, all features of the software are available throughout the rental or trial period.

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Adam Januszkiewicz

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