T-Systems to Expand Commitment to Microsoft Business Solutions Through Global Partner Agreement

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 30, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that T-Systems, a division of the Deutsche Telekom Group, has expanded its current relationship with Microsoft to include sales of Microsoft®
Business Solutions offerings worldwide.

T-Systems is a Microsoft Certified Business Solutions Partner and, will focus on sales, deployment and support of Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta® and Microsoft Business Solutions–Navision®
. Both solutions are integrated business applications that offer growing businesses enhanced manufacturing, distribution and financial capabilities. Microsoft Axapta is designed for midsize companies to large enterprises. Microsoft Navision is designed to accommodate both midmarket and smaller companies.

The relationship with T-Systems, which is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, will ensure that small and midmarket companies and subsidiaries of larger enterprises will be able to implement technology solutions across countries, continents and cultures without having to coordinate efforts with more than one business partner. T-Systems has a significant reach in Eastern Europe, with offices in Hungary, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. T-Systems currently has 43,000 employees in more than 20 countries.

“With strong local presence including Eastern Europe, T-Systems is a valuable partner for many of our customers, in particular those in need of standardized solutions across multiple countries. In T-Systems, customers will have a world-class integrator that provides the tools the customers need to achieve their goals. Our customers will benefit tremendously from our agreement with T-Systems, given its long success as a leading IT and business systems integrator throughout Europe,”
said Laurent Delaporte, vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners group for Microsoft EMEA.

T-Systems’ solutions are designed to help companies achieve sustained improvements in competitiveness and profitability, with primary focus in the telecommunications, finance, healthcare and manufacturing industries and the public sector. Its service portfolio includes the integration of new information and communications technology (ICT) solutions into existing systems, the implementation and operation of desktop systems, data centers and networks, as well as telecommunications products and services for international carriers.

T-Systems’ ability to execute on a global basis embodies the new approach Microsoft Business Solutions is taking toward building alliances that can service customer needs more flexibly than ever before.

Dr. Ingo Hucke, service offering manager for ERP Solutions at T-Systems, said,
“The trend toward globalization continues unabated. Enterprises need telecom and IT solutions across regions, across continents. In response, we operate wherever our customers operate — throughout the world. Through our powerful alliance with Microsoft Business Solutions, we can offer our customers the same high technical standards, whether in Frankfurt, Paris or Singapore. Both firms currently have offices and subsidiaries in more than 20 countries. Our customers will consistently benefit from our skill, experience and speed.”

About T-Systems

T-Systems is one of Europe’s leading providers of information and communications technology (ICT). Within the Deutsche Telekom Group, T-Systems is responsible for serving major business accounts. The company has some 43,000 staff on its payrolls in more than 20 countries. In 2002, the solutions provider generated 10.5 billion ($12.06 USD) 1 in sales.

T-Systems’ solutions improve in the business competitiveness of its customers in the industry sectors telecommunications, services and finance, public and healthcare as well as manufacturing. For its customers, the company optimizes processes, cuts costs and improves earnings, making targeted use of industry expertise and cutting-edge technology.

Its services range from the integration of new ICT solutions into existing customer systems, through the implementation and operation of desktop systems, data centers and networks, all the way to telecommunications services and solutions for international carriers.

For more information about the company and its services, see http://www.t-systems.com/ .

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions’ applications optimize strategic business processes across financial management, analytics, human resources management, project management, customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success. More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) 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.

1 T-Systems 2002 GAAP total revenues of 11.3 billion ($12.98 billion USD) adjusted to reflect new operating structure as of Jan. 1, 2003, for internal accounting and recording of agency business, which, for 2002, would have resulted in a decrease in T-Systems’ net revenues of approximately 820 million ($942.43 million USD). For more detailed information, please refer to
“Reconciliation to new structures”
on page 33 in Deutsche Telekom’s 2003 First Quarter Report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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