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SendGrid to Offer Email Infrastructure Management Through Microsoft Windows Azure Store

SendGrid Among First Ten Companies Selected for Windows Azure Store; Developers Building on Windows Azure Can Quickly and Easily Build Transactional Email Delivery Into Their Applications

BOULDER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/31/12 -- SendGrid, the leader in email deliverability, today announced that it is among the first ten companies selected by Microsoft for inclusion in its Windows Azure Store. Launching today, the Windows Azure Store allows any developer building web applications on Windows Azure to quickly and seamlessly add a range of third-party technologies and functionality to their applications.

The Windows Azure cloud platform is widely used to build and deliver innovative web applications to customers. Many of these applications rely on transactional email to confirm registrations, process order purchases or send friend or follower requests. By using SendGrid as part of the Windows Azure Store, developers can avoid the complexity of maintaining a proprietary transactional email solution and the cost of assigning developer resources to manage it.

"Windows Azure gives developers an open cloud platform for building, deploying, and managing applications," said Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure, Microsoft. "We are pleased to welcome SendGrid to the Windows Azure Store and look forward to giving developers access to SendGrid's transactional email delivery service for their applications."

"Our integration with leading cloud platforms like Windows Azure aligns with our core mission to make email easy for developers and to make SendGrid accessible everywhere," said Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid. "We've worked closely with Microsoft since our introduction into the Windows Azure marketplace earlier this year. Our inclusion as part of the Windows Azure Store empowers developers to use SendGrid directly from their Windows Azure environment with unified billing and custom documentation libraries, making transactional email management simple and easy for Windows Azure developers."

More information on SendGrid for Windows Azure can be found at: http://sendgrid.com/azure.html.

About SendGrid
SendGrid is the leader in email deliverability. SendGrid's cloud-based platform increases email deliverability, provides actionable insight and scales to meet any volume of email, relieving businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email infrastructures. The email delivery platform of choice for 60,000 web application companies and developers, including foursquare, Pinterest, Airbnb, Twilio, Spotify and Pandora, SendGrid delivers more than 4 billion emails per month. Founded in 2009 and based in Boulder, Colo., SendGrid is backed by Foundry Group, Highway 12 Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and several notable individual investors. For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

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