Sheraton Partners with Microsoft for Communications Hubs

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft Corp. announced today a partnership to implement products and services at the "Link @ Sheraton," its signature communications hub rolling out in Sheraton lobbies this year. Under the agreement, Sheraton will also co-brand and rename the space "The Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft." The partnership is one component of a comprehensive effort to enhance and differentiate the guest experience at Sheraton's 408 hotels across 75 countries, currently rolling out globally.

Sheraton's Link is a virtual and physical lobby lounge space that gives guests a place to work, relax and remain connected with friends and family during their travels. The lobbies are being equipped with free Wi-Fi and Internet-enabled computer stations, to allow guests to email, search the Web, review local attractions and print up boarding passes for their flights. Through its relationship with Microsoft, the lobbies will offer Windows-based computers providing visitors with search, maps, email and information. In addition, many Link computers will also feature webcams, allowing guests to have free video-chats or email video postcards back home. Guests will also have access to televisions, daily newspapers, and food and beverage offerings.

Currently, 66 Sheraton properties around the world feature The Link. Under the Microsoft agreement, Sheraton will roll out the co-branded "The Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft" at more than 300 properties worldwide by the end of 2008.