Microsoft Announces Quarterly Earnings Release Date and Upcoming Event With the Financial Community

REDMOND, Wash., March 10, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will release fiscal 2005 third-quarter financial results after close of market Thursday, April 28, 2005. A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. PST on the Microsoft Investor Relations Web site at . The company also announced it will host in an upcoming Business Intelligence Analyst Briefing with the financial community.

Event details follow:

Business Intelligence Analyst Briefing

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10 a.m. PST

Bill Baker, general manager, SQL Server Business Intelligence Unit, Microsoft Alex Payne, senior product manager for SQL Server, Microsoft

Interested parties can view an event webcast on the Microsoft Investor Relations Web site at .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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