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MasterCard and Microsoft Team Up to Empower Small Businesses

Strategic relationship adds Microsoft’s Office 365 to the MasterCard Easy Savings® Program

PURCHASE, N.Y. & REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2011-- MasterCard Worldwide and Microsoft Corp. today extended their ongoing commitment to deliver increased technology and payment services to small businesses, helping them succeed in today’s challenging business environment.

Through this new strategic initiative, MasterCard becomes a member of the partner program for Office 365, a cloud productivity service that gives small businesses access to e-mail, documents, contacts and calendars from virtually anywhere on almost any device, all backed by robust security, reliability and control. MasterCard will provide a 10 percent savings to eligible small business cardholders when they purchase Office 365 through the MasterCard Easy Savings® Program. The MasterCard Easy Savings Program provides eligible small business cardholders with savings on some of the most popular services that help them run their businesses. For terms and conditions, go to easysavings.com.

“Our goal is to help small businesses thrive, and Office 365 can help them do just that by providing technology that is trusted by many of the most successful businesses in the world,” said Giovanni Mezgec, GM of MSFT Office/Office 365. “Partners like MasterCard bring Office 365 to millions more small businesses and help them reduce costs while gaining access to critical business services.”

“MasterCard is committed to providing small businesses with innovative products and services that improve efficiencies and help them achieve their full potential,” said Eugene De Silva, senior business leader, Small and Medium Enterprise Global Products, MasterCard Worldwide. “The strength of our knowledge, insights and offerings will continue to drive real value for small businesses in two specific areas that are core to their business needs - payments and technologies.”

This collaboration between Microsoft and MasterCard builds on a history of launching and testing new consumer and merchant solutions together, and represents our shared commitment to small businesses.

Most recently, on October 11, MasterCard and Microsoft, in partnership with Dell, announced Shwood Handcrafted Wooden Eyewear as the winner of the “America’s Favorite Small Business” contest. The contest, created to spotlight the success of small business owners, invited businesses with 25 or fewer employees to create a short video explaining why they should be America’s Favorite Small Business. As part of the prize package, Shwood has been featured in a web reality show.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is a global payments and technology company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities - such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances - easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Learn more at www.mastercard.com, follow us on Twitter @mastercardnews or join the conversation on The Heart of Commerce Blog.

About Microsoft Corp.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Source: MasterCard

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