Barron’s Names MSN MoneyCentral “Best Investment Web Site” For Three Years Straight

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 1, 1999 — For the third year running, Microsoft Corp.’s MSN TM MoneyCentral TM ( ) has been named the best investment Web site by Barron’s magazine. In its annual survey of investment Web sites, Barron’s again awarded top honors to the MSN MoneyCentral personal finance service, citing its
“in-depth data, analysis and tools in a graceful, simple framework.”

According to Cyber Dialogue Inc.*, the number of users managing their investments online grew from 18.1 million in 1998 to more than 23.9 million over the past year, an increase of 32 percent. In successfully meeting the needs of the growing online personal investor audience, MSN MoneyCentral now serves more than 5 million unique users each month, an increase of more than 120 percent in the last 12 months.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the industry and the press,”
said Chris Jolley, MSN MoneyCentral product manager.
“MSN MoneyCentral delivers on our Everyday Web vision by providing the highest-quality information and tools to help consumers manage their investments any time, anywhere. We’re pleased that more and more people are recognizing the value MoneyCentral offers and are using the service to help them meet their personal finance goals.”

One-Stop Access to a Wide Range of Financial Services

MoneyCentral offers consumers free** access to its award-winning premium investment services, making it the best place on the Web to research, decide and take action on personal finances. With key personal finance areas such as Investor, News Desk, Saving & Spending, Banking & Bills, Family & College, Retirement & Wills, Taxes, Insurance, and Real Estate, MoneyCentral offers consumers the ability to complete a wide range of important financial tasks like paying bills, finding a financial advisor, and managing investments in one convenient place online.

About MSN

MSN is the network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people better organize the Web around what’s important to them. The network of MSN services, located on the Web at ( ), helps people easily stay in touch with friends and colleagues, make smart and secure purchasing decisions, and get more done. MSN offers award-winning e-mail functionality; personal communications services; wireless services information; customizable access to news; popular sites for travel, investing, automotive services, shopping and more; an online community; a Web search engine and directories; and top-rated Internet access.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

*October 1999, Cyber Dialogue Inc.

**Connect-time charges may apply.

Note: The editorial goal of MSN MoneyCentral is to provide a forum for investment ideas. Investor’s articles and columns of MSN MoneyCentral should not be construed as investment advice, nor does their appearance imply an endorsement by Microsoft Corp. of any specific security or trading strategy. An investor’s best course of action must be based on individual circumstances.

Microsoft, MSN and MoneyCentral are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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