Tech Data Offers Instant Access to Microsoft ESD

Tech Data Offers Instant Access to Microsoft ESD

Resellers Now Have Access to Download Capabilities Through

CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation
(Nasdaq:TECD), one of the world's largest distributors of IT products and
services, today announced its expanded partnership with Microsoft
(Nasdaq:MSFT) to offer select Microsoft products, including the Microsoft
Office suite, through Electronic Software Delivery (ESD). Through
ActivateHere, a proprietary end-user activation portal powered by the
company's StreamOne engine, Tech Data's channel of over 60,000 resellers can
now instantly purchase Microsoft products through a convenient and secure
download from

"This is a phenomenal innovation because we can now enable our resellers to
offer instant activation of select Microsoft products to their end users on
purchases through Tech Data, ultimately enabling businesses to be more
efficient," said Bharath Natarajan, director of product marketing, TDCloud and
Software Services at Tech Data. "This functionality differentiates Tech Data
as a leader in the software supply chain. Businesses who take advantage of
this offering will be able to use the products they need instantly so they can
focus on day-to-day operations. Not only will this decrease wait time, but
this service will provide a better customer experience overall."

Microsoft ESD can significantly reduce reseller costs, eliminating the need to
order, deliver and store boxed product by offering an alternate delivery of
the same software within minutes. By ordering these Microsoft products on, resellers can maximize opportunities by efficiently adding a
business category within minutes, capturing all software sales at point of
purchase and gaining incremental revenue, including high-spec SKUs at just a
click of a button. Microsoft ESD offers a quicker, greener and more convenient

"ActivateHere will showcase Tech Data's leadership in the SMB marketplace by
establishing a 'best-in-class' dynamic software delivery solution that allows
its resellers to more efficiently meet their customers' needs," said Thomas
Hansen, vice president, SMB Worldwide at Microsoft.

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of
technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics
capabilities and value added services enable 125,000 resellers in more than
100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse
technology needs of end users. Tech Data generated $26.5 billion in net sales
for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012, and is ranked 109th on the Fortune
500^®. To learn more, visit

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         (727) 538-5803

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