Converge Certified to Microsoft Refurbisher Program

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Boom in Reconditioned Computers Pumps New Life Into ‘Old’ IT Assets. Converge becomes one of the first companies to achieve certification to pre-install genuine Microsoft Windows XP operating systems in refurbished desktop and laptop PCs.

The market has demonstrated a high demand for refurbished equipment complete with an operating system

Converge, the premier global supply chain partner for technology-driven companies, has been certified to the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program, gaining the authority to preinstall genuine Windows XP operating system software on refurbished PCs and laptops.

Having joined the MAR program, Converge can supply its growing base of enterprise IT customers and volume resellers with cost-effective laptops and desktops with genuine Windows software, while also extending the life of thousands of computers that might otherwise end up as e-waste.

“The market has demonstrated a high demand for refurbished equipment complete with an operating system,” says Chris Adam, director of IT Asset Disposition for Converge. “Through the MAR program, Converge is now able to deliver refurbished PCs with a licensed version of Windows XP. When combined with the economic and environmental advantages of buying refurbished equipment, the MAR program is a strategic opportunity for Converge.”

The Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program is tailored to the needs of large refurbishers that want to deliver preinstalled and properly licensed genuine Windows XP software on refurbished PCs destined for businesses and individual consumers. The MAR program offers access to proprietary tools that simplify the deployment of Windows XP on refurbished PCs.

Converge’s growing success in IT asset recovery and disposition and its reputation for quality control made it eligible for the MAR program. Microsoft requires MAR participants to refurbish more than 5,000 PCs per month and meet strict criteria for hard-drive erasure, chain-of-custody reporting and environmental compliance.

“The Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program fills a growing and very important niche in enterprise computing,” says Bradley Hopkinson, director of genuine Windows at Microsoft. “Refurbished PCs are an attractive option for a growing number of businesses. We developed MAR to ensure that companies such as Converge can integrate genuine Microsoft software licenses into the global supply chain for refurbished Windows-based systems.”

Through its state-of-the-art facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Converge processes more than a quarter of a million PCs every year. All computers going through the Converge recovery and disposition centers receive multipoint quality inspections and secure hard-drive erasure. Converge customers receive thorough chain-of-custody reports that help them satisfy industry compliance mandates such as HIPAA and corporate governance regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley.

About Converge
Converge is a global supply chain partner for technology-driven companies. The company’s three business units are dedicated to just-in-time distribution of electronic components, comprehensive asset-recovery services and secure IT asset disposition (ITAD). Converge’s ITAD business unit provides secure, compliant, end-of-life IT asset disposition services, including data erasure, disposal, recycling, and remarketing of systems and components to enterprise clients. Founded in 1980, Converge is headquartered in Peabody, Mass., and has offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Irvine, Calif.; Singapore; and Amsterdam, along with support centers throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information about Converge, visit http://www.converge.com.

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