Microsoft Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 8, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share. The dividend is payable March 10, 2005, to shareholders of record on Feb. 17, 2005. The ex-dividend date will be Feb. 15, 2005.

The company also announced that its Board of Directors has appointed James I. Cash Jr. to the Compensation Committee, replacing Gary Reed who retired from the Board in early November.

Cash joined the Microsoft Board of Directors in June 2001 and also serves on the Audit Committee and Antitrust Compliance Committee.

A former member of Harvard’s faculty, Cash has taught numerous MBA courses and executive education programs, as well as chaired Harvard’s MBA program from 1992 to 1995. Cash is widely recognized for expertise in the role of information systems technology in corporations and has served as a consultant to companies and businesses worldwide.

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