Microsoft Personal Finance Software Makes Managing Your Money Easier Than Ever

Redmond, WA, July 1996 — In today’s fast-paced economy, time is money, so isn’t it ironic to think about how much time we spend in banks trying to take care of our finances?

Wouldn’t it be easier to go online and bank rather than to stand in long bank lines?

Wouldn’t you rather handle your financial affairs on your own time, instead of during
“banking hours?”

Wouldn’t it be a luxury to be able to bank 24-hours-a-day in your pajamas, boxers or nothing at all?!

Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to write a check or lick a stamp again?

If you answered
“yes” to any of the above, look no further than the Microsoft®
personal finance program, Money, the easiest, most intuitive way to manage finance tasks on the personal computer. With the latest version of Money, you can do all your banking, and bill payment electronically, any time of the day or night, from the comfort of your PC. Money offers the broadest, most secure and most reliable online access to banks and other financial institutions.

“Money provides an easy, convenient way to manage all of your financial tasks — from managing your bank accounts and paying bills to planning for tax time and retirement,”
said Richard Bray, product unit manager/desktop finance division.
“Money’s graphical, task-based approach to financial management makes it incredibly easy to use and learn. Money saves time by automating routine tasks such as scheduling and paying bills and managing paychecks. It’s Online Banking service lets you bank 24 hours a day from the comfort of home. While planning, ‘Wizards’ help you plan for those big ticket items like a car loan, a mortgage or retirement.”

Fifty-eight banks/financial institutions have already announced that they will be supporting online banking with Money 97 while Microsoft’s partnership with VISA will allow consumers to use the VISA and BillPay payment systems. The new version of Money will also provide people with Internet resources and free downloadable stock quotes and access to the MoneyZone; Money’s World Wide Web site that contains up-to-date news, information and access to customer support services for Money.

With so many Quicken users already making the move to Money to take advantage of its easy, convenient approach to managing financial tasks, Microsoft has added a Converter Wizard for Quicken
™
. Quicken users can now seamlessly convert their data to Money and be up and running in minutes.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for businesses and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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Lauren Snyder, Edelman Public Relations, 212/704-8284, lsnyder@edelman.com

Donna O’Neill, Waggener Edstrom, 206/637-9097, donnao@wagged.com

Marcia Kuszmaul, Marcy Monyek & Assoc., 312/263-2135, marcia_kuszmaul@MSN.com

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