PC World Selects Microsoft Money Deluxe as 2003 World Class Personal Finance Software

REDMOND, Wash., June 18, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft®
Money 2003 Deluxe won PC World Magazine’s prestigious 2003 World Class Award for Best Personal Finance Software. The World Class Award winners were unveiled in the July 2003 issue of PC World and will be presented with trophies at the ShowStoppers media reception held during CeBIT America in New York, June 18-20.

Applauded by PC World for its integration with the MSN®
Money Web site, Money 2003 provides consumers with world-class financial news, information, tools and services to help them organize their day-to-day finances and plan long-term goals. Over the past seven years, Microsoft Money has increased its market share as the fastest-growing personal finance brand.*

“Microsoft Money is honored to receive this award from PC World,”
said Chris Jolley, director of product management for the Financial Products Group at Microsoft.
“Our team is committed to delivering the most useful and easy-to-use personal finance software available, and this prestigious recognition supports our efforts.”

Celebrating its 21st year, the respected World Class Awards honor the best in computers, hardware, software and the Internet. To select the best of the best, PC World’s editors examined the spectrum of products that have appeared in the magazine over the past year. Hundreds of products in 59 categories were judged on performance, value, consistency and innovation.

“The ultimate buyers guide, the World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the high-tech industry,”
said Harry McCracken, editor of PC World.
“From personal digital assistants to privacy software, PCs to Web-based applications, the editors reward the finest products and most outstanding performers in this annual award program. Congratulations to Microsoft Money 2003 Deluxe.”

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.

* NPDTechworldSM, Feb. 12, 1997, to Feb. 12, 2003. Based on percent of growth. Based on total U.S. retail sales.

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