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TECH DATA NOW DISTRIBUTING MICROSOFT PRODUCTS IN CANADA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

 CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: TECD) has signed agreements with Microsoft Corporation to expand its distribution of Microsoft products to now include Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Tech Data previously distributed the full line of Microsoft products only to value-added resellers of personal computer products in the United States.
 "This is an important step for Tech Data's software business and our growing international presence," commented Steven Raymund, Tech Data's chairman and chief executive officer. "We're delighted that Microsoft is pleased with our performance in the United States and is now looking to Tech Data to support their sales, support and training effort in other countries."
 Tech Data began distributing Microsoft products nationwide in January 1993. Throughout the year, Tech Data has worked closely with Microsoft to promote its Solutions Provider Program, which is designed to enhance the level of service and support value-added resellers (VARs) receive in developing comprehensive Microsoft solutions. In addition to actively recruiting hundreds of resellers for the program, Tech Data and Microsoft implemented a variety of highly successful seminars and training programs during the year. In May, Microsoft authorized Tech Data to offer the full range of Microsoft training and certification courses. Tech Data's Microsoft courses currently focus on Microsoft's operating system products including Windows, Windows NT, Windows NT Advanced Server and Windows for Workgroups.
 Tech Data has been distributing personal computer products in Canada since 1989 through a wholly owned subsidiary based in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as a separate facility in Richmond, British Columbia. Tech Data's Latin America operations are handled from the company's Miami sales and distribution center, which opened in October 1992.
 Tech Data Corporation is a leading distributor of personal computer products throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The company offers comprehensive product lines in software, networking and communications, mass storage, peripherals, and computer systems. In addition to a wide range of products, Tech Data provides extensive pre-sale and post-sale training, service and support. The company serves more than 40,000 value-added resellers and retail dealers from its 11 distribution centers across North America.
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