Microsoft Helps Customers Choose the Right Tool for the Job With Microsoft Right Tools Toolkit and Rebate Offer

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 22, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Right Tools Toolkit and rebate offer for Microsoft FrontPage® 2002, Microsoft Project Standard 2002 and Microsoft Visio®
2002. Both the Microsoft Right Tools Toolkit and rebate will be available to customers through June 30, 2003.

The Microsoft Right Tools Toolkit was built to help customers better understand how Microsoft FrontPage 2002, Microsoft Project Standard 2002 and Microsoft Visio 2002 enable them to more effectively manage projects, express complex ideas or create professional newsletters. The tools and templates are specific to customers in accounting and finance, government, human resources, marketing and sales, and project management. Current and new customers can register for the Microsoft Right Tools Toolkit free of charge at http://www.msrighttools.com/.

“Our customers tell us about frustrations they face when trying to do specific tasks such as build an organizational chart for their division, develop newsletters or keep track of project timelines,”
said Melanie Cosklo, lead marketing manager for productivity applications at Microsoft.
“Many of our customers today already have FrontPage 2002, Microsoft Project Standard 2002 and Visio 2002 available to them through their licensing agreements but may not know it or may not understand exactly what these applications do. We hope the materials provided in this toolkit help customers recognize they have great software tools available to help improve their productivity.”

Customers who have not yet acquired FrontPage 2002, Microsoft Project Standard 2002 or Visio 2002 may be eligible to receive a $50 rebate on Microsoft Project Standard 2002, a $50 rebate on Visio 2002 and a $25 rebate on FrontPage 2002 when they acquire these products from Amazon.com. This rebate will help customers who currently use Microsoft Office to cost-effectively extend their capabilities with Word, Excel and PowerPoint®
and ensure they have the right tools on their desktop to help build organizational charts, keep track of projects and budgets, or communicate with colleagues and customers.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) 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.

Microsoft, FrontPage, Visio and PowerPoint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For the Microsoft FrontPage 2002, Microsoft Project 2002 and Visio 2002 virtual press kits:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/2003/frontpage/default.asp

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/project2002/default.asp

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/visio2002/

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