Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. today announced a partnership to meet the needs of small-business customers who would like to establish a Web presence but are reluctant to create a site on their own. Best Buy for Business will enable small businesses to purchase subscriptions cards for Microsoft® Office Live services — designed to help businesses get online easily and affordably — at select Best Buy locations, online at http://www.bbfb.com and over the phone. Customers can receive a discount on the Microsoft Office Live monthly subscription fee, getting three months for the price of one.
Best Buy For Business technology professionals, who are Microsoft-certified, will also work closely with small-business customers to determine which of the collaboration tools and solutions best fit their business. The Geek Squad 24-Hour Computer Support Task Force® is available for business-grade technology support and can help Microsoft Office Live customers hit the ground running.
“Establishing and marketing your business online is no longer considered a luxury — it’s a must as consumers increasingly turn to the Web to research products and services,” said Brett McCommons, district business sales manager for Best Buy For Business. “Most consumers spend nearly 14 hours a week online — the same amount of time they spend watching TV. By combining the simplicity and reliability of Microsoft Office Live with the expertise available through Best Buy For Business, we’ve made it easy for small-business owners to create, maintain and market their Web sites.”