The companies said Surebridge
As part of the agreement, Surebridge becomes the first company to offer the software in a hosted environment, meaning Surebridge will help customers install the CRM applications and then handle their ongoing management.
"We're very excited to have Surebridge offer CRM Online because the company provides the expertise needed to ensure customers have a successful deployment in a hosted environment," David Thacher, general manager for Microsoft Business Solutions, said in a statement.
Surebridge said CRM Online will cost $99 per person per month, plus a one-time $695 setup fee and Microsoft CRM licensing fees, which range from $395 per user for the Standard Edition to $1,295 per person for the Professional Suite.
Microsoft released thein January, entering a multibillion-dollar software market dominated by Siebel Systems and SAP. Microsoft is billing its software as a scaled-down version of the packages offered by those companies and others, hoping to target employers with 500 or fewer workers. In the release announcing the partnership between Microsoft and Surebridge, CNC systems, a Kennebunkport, Maine-based tools distributor, said it launched the new services because it was faster than doing it in-house. But some CRM resellers have as containing hidden costs and being difficult to customize.
CRM software is designed, among other things, to track sales leads, accounts and orders and help service representatives handle customer complaints.