Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend

REDMOND, Wash. — March 27, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share. The dividend is payable June 8, 2006 to shareholders of record on May 17, 2006. The ex-dividend date will be May 15, 2006.

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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Colleen Healy, general manager, Investor Relations, Microsoft, (425) 706-3703

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