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Metafore Achieves Multiple Microsoft Gold Competencies

Monday, April 22, 2013

Metafore Achieves Multiple Microsoft Gold Competencies

15:38 EDT Monday, April 22, 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2013) - Metafore Technologies Inc. ("Metafore"), one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, today announced that it has achieved Microsoft's Gold partner status for the following competencies: Server Platform, Management and Virtualization, Messaging, Volume Licensing, as well as Silver status for Identity and Access and Devices and Deployment. In addition, Metafore is a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner and Microsoft Small Business Specialist.

In order to qualify as a Gold partner for each of the foregoing competencies, Metafore met all the credentials for Microsoft Certified Professionals, successfully completed Microsoft licensing, sales and marketing competency assessments, and received five unique customer references per competency.

In support of its quest to lead the market with Microsoft-based solutions, Metafore has made itself a living showcase by deploying innovative Microsoft technologies internally, including enterprise resource planning, data centre, unified communication, collaboration and productivity solutions. Metatore and Microsoft will jointly conduct a seven city event to share the experience and opportunities resulting from Metafore's strategic investment in Microsoft technologies.

"In today's world, it is imperative that value-added resellers not only provide a solution to an end-user, but demonstrate a level of proficiency with the products and solutions," says Mark Dodds, Vice President Mid-Market Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Canada. "Attaining Microsoft® Gold Certification and having the right Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) engaged, helps differentiate Metafore in the marketplace and helps their customers have the best tools available."

In addition to its current Microsoft Gold competencies, Metafore plans on achieving other Gold competencies in the coming months.

"Microsoft is one of Metafore's most strategic partners and we are honoured to have our competencies recognized in the areas of core infrastructure and business productivity infrastructure optimization," said Pat Waid, Metafore's president. "Microsoft Gold competencies reinforce Metafore's leadership position amongst Canadian IT solution providers, as well as our ability to provide organizations with solutions that help improve productivity, operational efficiency, and overall business performance."

About Microsoft

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. www.microsoft.ca.

About Metafore

Metafore, a subsidiary of Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI), has been delivering information technology solutions to private- and public- sector organizations of every size for more than 25 years. As one of Canada's leading IT solution providers, Metafore designs, supplies, installs and supports IT infrastructure solutions that contribute to improved productivity and overall business performance. www.metafore.ca.

About Hartco Inc.

Hartco Inc. (TSX:HCI) has been a leader in the Canadian information technology business for more than thirty years. Through its operating divisions, which together include over 40 locations across Canada, Hartco Inc. delivers information technology solutions to private and public sector organizations of every size. www.hartco.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Contact Information:
Pat Waid
President and Chief Operating Officer
Hartco Inc.
514-354-3810
514-351-6906 (FAX)
pwaid@hartco.com

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