Microsoft announced the general availability of the new Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley, which is designed to help partners build solutions based on the Microsoft Office System. Companies using an Office-based solution can document and review their internal financial controls and use the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley to help meet other compliance requirements mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Available to Microsoft Office System customers at no charge, the new tool is third in a series of accelerators aimed at helping companies handle business issues. Built on Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley is one of the first deliverables under a larger compliance initiative from Microsoft. Other current and future offerings will provide customers with solutions useful in other compliance initiatives, such as document and e-mail retention. www.microsoft.com

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