Microsoft and Qwest Communications Form Strategic Alliance to Deliver Broadband Content, Services to Mainstream Consumers and Accelerate Deployment of DSL

Companies to Combine Leading MSN Broadband Content and MSN Internet Access

With Qwest's Powerful Internet Network



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash. and DENVER, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q), today
 announced a five-year strategic alliance to combine premium MSN(R) Internet
 Access, content and services, with Qwest's broadband Internet network and
 telecommunications services to more than 12 million consumer homes in Qwest's
 14-state local service area. Under this pact, Qwest will exclusively market
 MSN Internet Access and services to new and existing customers and will make a
 major digital marketing commitment to the MSN network of Internet services. In
 addition, MSN will purchase from Qwest broadband capacity, digital subscriber
 lines (DSL), dial ports, and billing and collections services to support the
 delivery of its content solutions and services to consumers.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Beginning this summer, 500,000 existing Qwest.net subscribers and new
 customers in Qwest's 14-state local service area will receive the MSN Internet
 Access solution, which includes reliable and secure dial-up or "always
 connected" DSL service from Qwest. Outside Qwest's local service area, Qwest
 will market MSN Internet Access alone or in packages with Qwest's
 communications products and services. MSN Internet Access includes content and
 services from MSN, the most popular destination on the Internet, and MSN
 Explorer, the broadband-optimized software from Microsoft that integrates
 high-quality video, music and other Internet services.
     "This milestone agreement will help Qwest drive the expansion of our DSL
 customer base and deliver to Qwest's customers new broadband applications and
 a richer variety of content," said Joseph P. Nacchio, chairman and CEO of
 Qwest. "Our relationship with Microsoft is very important because we share a
 common vision on the future of broadband and the direction of the industry."
     "This agreement will be instrumental in delivering broadband to mainstream
 consumers," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "This is the perfect
 consumer broadband solution; it combines the best content and services on the
 Web from MSN with a fast, reliable Internet infrastructure from Qwest."
     Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest will promote its services on MSN
 Internet sites and other mediums, including MSNBC, the Slate(R) online
 magazine, the newly launched MSN Music, Zone.com and the Microsoft(R)
 bCentral(TM) small-business portal. In addition, MSN will provide innovative
 digital marketing capabilities and research that measures ad effectiveness.
     Qwest and Microsoft formed a strategic relationship in late 1998 to
 provide Web-based solutions for business customers. Since then, the companies
 have worked together to provide Web hosting, managed software services,
 virtual private network and streaming media capability.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. is a leader in reliable, scalable
 and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for
 businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(R) Fiber Network, designed
 with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans
 more than 106,000 miles globally. More information can be found on the Qwest
 Web site at http://www.qwest.com/.
     Qwest will host a conference call with the investment community today at
 12:30 p.m. (EDT). On the call, Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio will
 discuss the transaction and its benefits to Qwest and its customers. The call
 will be available on a Web broadcast at http://www.qwest.com/about/ir/.
 
     About MSN
     MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet - a central place where
 they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time
 online. With more than 230 million visitors per month, the MSN integrated
 network of content and services is the most popular destination on the
 Internet. MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages -- a broader
 global presence than any other portal. MSN is located on the Web at
 http://www.msn.com/.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST. This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     NOTE:  The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a
 service mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the United States
 and certain other countries.
     Microsoft, MSN, Slate and bCentral are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash. and DENVER, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q), today
 announced a five-year strategic alliance to combine premium MSN(R) Internet
 Access, content and services, with Qwest's broadband Internet network and
 telecommunications services to more than 12 million consumer homes in Qwest's
 14-state local service area. Under this pact, Qwest will exclusively market
 MSN Internet Access and services to new and existing customers and will make a
 major digital marketing commitment to the MSN network of Internet services. In
 addition, MSN will purchase from Qwest broadband capacity, digital subscriber
 lines (DSL), dial ports, and billing and collections services to support the
 delivery of its content solutions and services to consumers.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     Beginning this summer, 500,000 existing Qwest.net subscribers and new
 customers in Qwest's 14-state local service area will receive the MSN Internet
 Access solution, which includes reliable and secure dial-up or "always
 connected" DSL service from Qwest. Outside Qwest's local service area, Qwest
 will market MSN Internet Access alone or in packages with Qwest's
 communications products and services. MSN Internet Access includes content and
 services from MSN, the most popular destination on the Internet, and MSN
 Explorer, the broadband-optimized software from Microsoft that integrates
 high-quality video, music and other Internet services.
     "This milestone agreement will help Qwest drive the expansion of our DSL
 customer base and deliver to Qwest's customers new broadband applications and
 a richer variety of content," said Joseph P. Nacchio, chairman and CEO of
 Qwest. "Our relationship with Microsoft is very important because we share a
 common vision on the future of broadband and the direction of the industry."
     "This agreement will be instrumental in delivering broadband to mainstream
 consumers," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "This is the perfect
 consumer broadband solution; it combines the best content and services on the
 Web from MSN with a fast, reliable Internet infrastructure from Qwest."
     Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest will promote its services on MSN
 Internet sites and other mediums, including MSNBC, the Slate(R) online
 magazine, the newly launched MSN Music, Zone.com and the Microsoft(R)
 bCentral(TM) small-business portal. In addition, MSN will provide innovative
 digital marketing capabilities and research that measures ad effectiveness.
     Qwest and Microsoft formed a strategic relationship in late 1998 to
 provide Web-based solutions for business customers. Since then, the companies
 have worked together to provide Web hosting, managed software services,
 virtual private network and streaming media capability.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. is a leader in reliable, scalable
 and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for
 businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(R) Fiber Network, designed
 with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans
 more than 106,000 miles globally. More information can be found on the Qwest
 Web site at http://www.qwest.com/.
     Qwest will host a conference call with the investment community today at
 12:30 p.m. (EDT). On the call, Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio will
 discuss the transaction and its benefits to Qwest and its customers. The call
 will be available on a Web broadcast at http://www.qwest.com/about/ir/.
 
     About MSN
     MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet - a central place where
 they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time
 online. With more than 230 million visitors per month, the MSN integrated
 network of content and services is the most popular destination on the
 Internet. MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages -- a broader
 global presence than any other portal. MSN is located on the Web at
 http://www.msn.com/.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST. This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     NOTE:  The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a
 service mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the United States
 and certain other countries.
     Microsoft, MSN, Slate and bCentral are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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