Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend

                    Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend

Board of directors also announces committee appointments.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 28, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share.
The dividend is payable March 14, 2013, to shareholders of record on Feb. 21,
2013. The ex-dividend date will be Feb. 19, 2013.


As announced in July, as part of the board's annual review of its governance
structure, the board decided to make its oversight structure more efficient by
reorganizing its committees. The board now has four committees composed of
independent directors, instead of five. At a meeting following today's
shareholder meeting the board approved changes to the makeup of the board's
committees and selected a new lead independent director.

The Audit Committee members are Dina Dublon, Stephen J. Luczo, Dr. Helmut
Panke and Charles H. Noski (chairperson). The Compensation Committee members
are Dina Dublon, Maria M. Klawe and John W. Thompson (chairperson). The
Governance and Nominating Committee members are Stephen J. Luczo, Charles H.
Noski and David F. Marquardt (chairperson). The Regulatory and Public Policy
Committee members are Maria M. Klawe, John W. Thompson and Dr. Helmut Panke

The independent directors of the board also appointed John W. Thompson as lead
independent director.

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.

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