Statement by Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft On Today’s U.S. House of Representatives Passage of the Financial Recovery Legislation

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 3, 2008 – Congressional passage of the financial recovery package is a critically important step to bringing back economic stability in the U.S. and around the globe. This crisis affects more than just the U.S. financial sector, it affects every corner of the world economy, and today’s vote will help re-instill confidence around the globe. Microsoft is pleased to see members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate come together to pass this important legislation. I particularly appreciate the support of the Members of the Washington State delegation who cast their vote today to help preserve jobs in all sectors of the economy of Washington state and across the U.S.