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Minitab and e-academy Expand Relationship

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Students seeking MINITAB for Windows, the world’s leading statistical software package for introductory statistics courses and quality improvement, will be served by e-academy Inc.

New York, New York, May 23, 2000. e-academy is proud to announce that it will offer students a low-cost, convenient way to purchase MINITAB for Windows, Release 13. The current distribution agreement between the two companies, formerly for selected universities, will encompass all colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Taiwan, effective August 2000. In addition, students looking for the software on Minitab’s website will now have a direct link to e-academy.

“We’re delighted with this relationship,” said e-academy CEO Ram Raju. “The fact that Minitab is relying on us to meet such high demand reflects the success of our software rental option. Now many more students will benefit from e-academy’s convenience and discount prices.”

e-academy provides brand-name software to students and faculty of recognized post-secondary institutions around the world, at discounts of up to two-thirds below regular retail pricing. Minitab has been a principal part of this effort since e-academy’s storefront website opened in September of 1999.

“Customers have proven to us that the Internet is a viable distribution medium by downloading many thousands of copies of our free demo each month,” said Gwen Stimely, Director of Product Development and Marketing for Minitab. “When e-academy proposed that we merge their competencies in e-commerce for academia with MINITAB, it seemed like the perfect complement, especially since it allows us to provide MINITAB at prices that fit student budgets.”

Minitab’s statistical software is used in more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide to teach basic through graduate level courses. Students who go to the e-academy site will now be able to download a free 30-day evaluation version of MINITAB, or a low-priced 6-month rental version. The rental version of MINITAB is e-academy’s most popular seller, with students being able to purchase MINITAB – sold commercially for $995 U.S. – for the duration of a semester at the low price of $24.99 U.S. This innovative option is part of what makes MINITAB one of the world’s top statistical teaching tools.

About Minitab Inc.

Minitab Inc. delivers practical, easy-to-use statistical software especially well suited for quality and process improvement and academic instruction. Distinguished customers such as GE, 3M, Ford Motor Company, and the leading Six Sigma consulting groups, as well as more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide, rely on MINITAB. Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Penn., operates offices in the United Kingdom and France and has distributors throughout the world.


Adam Januszkiewicz

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