Major League Soccer and Windows 8 bring fans the smartest league experience

 Major League Soccer and Windows 8 bring fans the smartest league experience

Improved apps and fan experiences will launch exclusively for Windows 8.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 20, 2013

NEW YORK, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Major League Soccer
(MLS) today announced a multiyear agreement to work together to bring MLS fans
the best and fastest soccer content through the power of Windows 8. The
announcement took place yesterday at the LA Galaxy versus New York Red Bulls
game at Red Bull Arena, where the two companies showcased a new and improved
MLS app and previewed the new in-stadium fan experiences powered by Windows 8.

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As part of MLS' initiative to be known as "the smartest league," the improved
app for Windows 8 will feature exclusive content and this season's schedule,
standings, highlights, play-by-play, roster lineups, game stats, goals, cards
and substitutions. In addition, with the Windows 8 Live Tiles, fans will be
able to customize their experiences to focus on their favorite club news.
Throughout the course of the agreement, Windows 8 and MLS will continue to
innovate to create cutting-edge experiences for soccer fans in the stadium and
online.

"MLS supporters are young and active, and technology plays a central role in
their lives," said Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, MLS'
commercial arm. "This new partnership with Windows 8 will allow MLS fans to
interact with best-in-class software, new devices and apps that will
super-serve their fandom. This exciting partnership is another step in the
process of becoming the world's smartest soccer league."

Fans can also look forward to trying out Windows 8 on the Microsoft Surface
tablet in-stadium at more than 40 games throughout the season.

"Partnering with MLS, we are bringing the best technology experience through
Windows 8 to players, coaches and fans across the league to deliver unique and
immersive soccer experiences," said Kathleen Hall, general manager, Windows
Marketing. "As technology and sports continue to intersect, we look forward to
continuing to provide innovative interactions for fans whether in the stadium
or at home through Windows 8."

More information can be found at the Windows blog.

About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight
professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many
stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer's 18th
season features 19 clubs each playing 34 regular-season matches. Those clubs
include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C.
United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2012 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; Montreal
Impact; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union;
Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC;
Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For more
information about MLS, log on to the league's official website at
http://www.mlssoccer.com/.

About Microsoft

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 Microsoft Corp.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Contact: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft, (503)
443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com; MLS Communications, (212) 450-1223
 
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