Microsoft Selects Cisco Systems as Strategic Networking Supplier

REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that it has selected Cisco Systems Inc. as the strategic supplier of networking solutions for its worldwide corporate network. Microsoft will deploy Cisco end-to-end solutions worldwide for switching and routing throughout its corporate network as well as its Internet data centers.

This major investment with Cisco will provide Microsoft employees, industry partners and customers with leading-edge network services based on proven technologies.

“Selecting Cisco as our strategic networking supplier demonstrates our commitment to providing employees and Internet customers with the most robust, advanced network services possible,” said John Connors, vice president and chief information officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft operates one of the most demanding infrastructures in the world, and it’s vital that our network be robust.”

In addition, Cisco has completed its worldwide implementation of the Microsoft® Windows® 95 operating system, the Office 95 applications suite and the Windows NT® Server network operating system. “Cisco has been very pleased with Microsoft products during our worldwide rollout of Windows 95, Office 95 and Windows NT over the past 24 months,” said Peter Solvik, vice president and chief information officer at Cisco. “We are looking forward to added benefits from our rollout of the Office 97 suite in the near future.”

These implementations are the direct result of the continued relationship and demonstrate the benefits that both companies can derive from working together. Cisco and Microsoft are working together on key technologies being deployed today within the Microsoft corporate network.

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