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Upgrades maintain market leading functionality of award winning software license buying tool


Chessington, 16th March, 2004: Bell Microproducts Europe (trading in the UK as
Ideal) has again assured resellers of quicker, more accurate license sales as it continues to set the benchmark for online software licensing with a range of upgrades to its award winning License Desk on the Internet (LDi) online license tool.

The upgrades include:

* A license agreement wizard - enables resellers to manage customers' Microsoft OPEN agreements online. The wizard stores the agreement history and, uniquely, the stock keeping unit (SKU) detail ordered under the agreement.

* A language selector - user interface upgrade for Microsoft's key supported languages.

* Purchase Order duplicate check - checks for duplicate PO references.

* Full postal address generation based on customer postcode.

* Performance enhancements that make LDi quicker and easier to use.

Sarah Jane Sydenham, Purchasing Manager, Softcat, said: "Ldi is a fantastic tool and the latest upgrades will make it easier still for our sales staff to close and process software license deals."

Alex Tatham, vice president global software distribution, Bell Microproducts Europe, said: "Our customers want faster, easier low cost software licensing. This is what Bell Microproducts is committed to delivering. In the two years since Bell launched LDi it has helped Bell Microproducts become Microsoft's largest UK customer. By enhancing still further the services offered by LDi, we continue to raise the bar for software licensing excellence."

Bell Microproducts (Ideal) is now Microsoft's largest UK distribution partner just two years after moving into retail distribution for the software giant.

Ideal's success with Microsoft is based on the roll out of its LDi online tool into some of the UK's largest Microsoft resellers, propelling their Microsoft business in the biggest software explosion that the UK has seen for years.


For further information, call Ambrose McNevin on 020 8883 0875, or email ambrose@transom-media.co.uk. About Bell Microproducts Europe Bell Microproducts Europe is a major pan-European channel focused IT supplier. Headquartered in the UK, it covers every major European market including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Scandinavia and Benelux with annual sales approaching bn. Backed by a rapidly expanding Professional Services division its accredited relationships with top names in Enterprise Storage, Systems, Software, Mass Storage and Security include HP, IBM, Microsoft, Seagate, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and support a fast growing reseller partner community.
>From its historical expertise in storage Bell Microproducts Europe has
undertaken two years of rapid expansion to become a unique IT supplier dedicated to building markets for its vendors by helping reseller partners expand into new areas of expertise.

About Bell Microproducts Inc.
Bell Microproducts Inc. is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with offices in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Inc. web site at www.bellmicro.com.

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