For the first time, Microsoft® Office 365 is bundled with core voice and data services for business customers

MONROE, La., Oct. 6, 2014  -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that Microsoft® Office 365 for businesses, which includes cloud-enabled Microsoft® Office applications and other productivity services, is available at no extra charge with CenturyLink's voice and data bundles and managed services bundles for new small and midsized business customers.

"CenturyLink has transformed from a traditional network communications provider to an integrated provider of end-to-end, fully managed information technology and cloud solutions for businesses of all sizes," said Thuy Ha, director, business marketing, CenturyLink. "Businesses already trust us for ultra-fast, fiber-based Internet and advanced voice service, and now CenturyLink is a one-stop-shop for the mission-critical productivity applications in Office 365."

With CenturyLink, customers can choose from several small business or enterprise versions of Office 365 to best suit their needs. Options include basic to advanced desktop and online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office applications. Several collaboration services such as Outlook and Exchange Online are included as well as advanced security, support and control features. CenturyLink's bundles also include automatic updates to the most current software releases in the productivity suite.

"At Microsoft our focus is ensuring that every organization - large or small - gets the opportunity to access the powerful productivity services within Office 365," said Kirk Gregersen, general manager of Office commercial marketing at Microsoft. "That's why we're working with leaders like CenturyLink that make it easier for businesses to access the very latest cloud-based collaboration, mobility and productivity services. CenturyLink's customers can now add Office 365 to their voice and data services to help employees get things done virtually anywhere using their preferred device."

CenturyLink is making it easier for business customers to access the benefits of Office 365 with the convenience of bundling, including one consolidated bill and one path to reach customer support for multiple services.

Office 365 is included with most CenturyLink small and midsized business bundles, including Managed Office, a comprehensive information technology solution with ongoing end-to-end management of the customer's voice and data networking and cloud-based business applications.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber-optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit