ProEst Estimating Software Achieves Microsoft Certified Partner Status and ISV/Software Solutions Competency

Elevated partner status allows ProEst to leverage latest Microsoft technologies as it continually enhances its construction estimating software solutions.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 01, 2008: ProEst Estimating Software, a leading provider of construction estimating and on-screen takeoff software solutions, today announced that it has achieved Microsoft Certified Partner status. To achieve this certification, its ProEst Takeoff software had to pass stringent third party testing* requirements and is now recognized by Microsoft as a certified software solution.
See the Microsoft Certified partner requirements. To become a Certified Partner within Microsofts independent software vendor (ISV) community, ProEst had to demonstrate its expertise with Microsoft technologies and submit multiple customer reference profiles for verification. Taking the additional steps to earn ISV/Software Solutions Competency for its ProEst Takeoff software helped elevate ProEst status within Microsofts partner program to the Certified Partner level.

ISV/Software Solutions Competency

The ISV/Software Solutions Competency is designed to support software providers that develop innovative solutions using Microsoft platforms. For ProEst Takeoff to meet the Competency requirements, it had to pass independent, third party testing to ensure compatibility with Microsoft operating systems.

Partnering with Microsoft

Meeting the rigorous standards to achieve Certified Partner status has provided many benefits to ProEst, including access to development tools, marketing resources, staff training and a variety of support services. However, the real value of this certification is realized by the end users of the companys ProEst estimating and ProEst Takeoff software, who experience unparalleled product performance and ease-of-use due to:
- Solutions that are continually enhanced to keep up with changing market requirements
- Integration with Microsoft Excel and Outlook to increase productivity and streamline workflow
- An intuitive user interface with a familiar Microsoft Office look and feel that decreases the learning curve and increases productivity

Our company has devoted a significant amount of effort toward achieving Certified Partner status, said Jeffrey Gerardi, president of ProEst Estimating. By partnering with Microsoft, we have aligned ourselves with a trend-setting company that will help us create leading edge construction software for years to come.

* Testing was conducted independently by VeriTest, a testing service of Lionbridge Technologies.

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ProEst is the developer of ProEst estimating software and ProEst Takeoff software, simple, powerful and innovative estimating solutions for construction. An industry leader since 1976, ProEst Estimating Software is used by more than 6,500 construction firms nationwide. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, ProEst is committed to streamlining and improving the estimating process by continuously enhancing its products to deliver the latest advances in technology. Digital takeoff technology, a Microsoft Office 2003 look and feel and seamless integration with popular software programs are just some examples.