Microsoft Debuts Personal Finance Web Powerhouse That Combines and MSN MoneyCentral

REDMOND, Wash., June 26, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. and NBC today introduced CNBC on MSN® Money ( ), the most comprehensive personal finance service on the Web, which combines the award-winning MSN MoneyCentral™
and Web sites. In addition to offering one convenient place to access exclusive market news and commentary from CNBC with sophisticated tools from Microsoft, CNBC on MSN Money features an array of new services, expanding the best home on the Web for money management.

CNBC on MSN Money brings together financial services and information unavailable together anywhere else online, making it easier than ever for consumers to review, understand and improve their financial situation. Now consumers can pay bills, track account balances, and research investments, as well as stay abreast of exclusive market moving news and insightful analysis from CNBC’s highly regarded lineup — including Maria Bartiromo, Joe Kernen and Sue Herera — all in one place.

With powerful new finance tools such as the groundbreaking StockScouter stock rating system, the site provides investors with the broadest range of leading tools to research and manage their investments. In addition, through a strategic alliance with mPower, the new Retirement Planner makes it easier than ever for consumers to analyze and optimize their 401(k) and other registered retirement plans, and to obtain personalized investment guidance to help them achieve their financial goals.

“We are raising the bar in online finance yet again, delivering the most comprehensive, easy-to-use money management service that marries exclusive content from CNBC with sophisticated new Microsoft tools and services,”
said Chris Jolley, director of marketing for CNBC on MSN Money at Microsoft.
“CNBC on MSN Money offers an unparalleled resource for anyone who wants to simplify and take control of their finances.”

Powerful Service Combines Leading Market News and Analysis With Sophisticated Tools

CNBC on MSN Money was designed to make it even easier for people to gain control of their finances:

  • CNBC is available exclusively online at MSN Money, enabling investors to access highly regarded investing news and commentary from the most popular financial cable news network in the world. Features include the following:

    • Must-Watch TV and Guest List features a list of scheduled on-air guest appearances, including exclusive CEO and analyst interviews, on popular CNBC TV shows such as
      “Squawk Box,” “Power Lunch”
      “Market Watch.”

    • Market Dispatch provides a digest of news from CNBC TV reporters to keep consumers informed of breaking market developments.

    • Stock Picks and Stocks to Watch allows consumers to review the latest stocks to watch, along with investing tips and trends from CNBC TV’s on-air guests.

    • CNBC TV Anchors & Reporters offers consumers the opportunity to get to know the anchors and reporters behind the business news on CNBC TV.

  • The first free tool of its kind, the StockScouter stock rating system helps consumers to quickly assess a stock’s potential for outperforming the broader market within a six- to 12-month period. Utilizing a quantitative methodology similar to that routinely used by professional money managers, the StockScouter analyzes and ranks return expectations for more than 6,000 North American stocks daily.

  • The Retirement Planner helps consumers map out their long-term financial goals, while allowing them to analyze and optimize their 401(k) and other retirement plan holdings. Consumers can use this tool to analyze their current plan and calculate the probability of reaching their retirement goals. Through an unprecedented retail alliance with mPower, a leader in online retirement advice, consumers can receive personalized guidance to help them reallocate their investments and achieve their objectives.

CNBC on MSN Money will be prominently promoted across the CNBC cable channel, which reaches 79 million homes daily, and the MSN network of Internet services, which has more than 230 million visitors per month. Throughout its daily broadcast, CNBC television will send its viewers to the site for in-depth commentary, investing news and a wealth of personal finance tools.

About CNBC on MSN Money

CNBC on MSN Money, located exclusively on MSN, is a complete online personal finance service that combines the award-winning finance tools and content from Microsoft, the worldwide leader in software, with exclusive investment news and analysis from CNBC, the world’s most popular financial cable news network. CNBC on MSN Money offers consumers the ability to easily complete a wide range of everyday financial tasks, such as paying bills, viewing account balances, tracking investments, planning for retirement and staying informed with the latest financial news, in one convenient place online — any time, any place.

CNBC on MSN Money enables people at all levels of experience to take control of and feel comfortable with their finances, helping them make smart financial decisions. Leading industry publications, including Barron’s, Forbes Magazine, Money Magazine, PC Magazine and PC World Magazine, consistently applaud the sophisticated personal finance tools and information from Microsoft. The service is available at or , or by visiting MSN.

About CNBC

CNBC is the recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 166 million homes worldwide, including more than 79 million households in the United States and Canada. The network’s business day programming (weekdays from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC’s headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC news bureaus in midtown Manhattan, the New York Stock Exchange, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Calif., London and Singapore. CNBC viewers can manage their individual investment portfolios and gain additional in-depth information from on-air reports by accessing CNBC on MSN Money.

About MSN

MSN is the world’s most popular destination on the Web, attracting more than 230 million visitors per month. Available in 33 markets and 17 languages, MSN provides consumers with their home on the Web — where they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time online. MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. MSN is located on the Web at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies 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.

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