Shirley to Retire From Microsoft Board

REDMOND, Wash. — June 17, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that after 25 years of service, Jon A. Shirley has chosen not to seek re-election to Microsoft’s board of directors at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, to be held in November 2008.

Shirley’s contributions to Microsoft have been numerous, including his time as president and chief operating officer from 1983 to 1990, as well as his extensive tenure on the Microsoft board. Shirley joined Microsoft in August 1983.

“Having turned 70 years old this year, I’m at a point in my life where I want to reduce my professional commitments and allow more time pursuing some of my personal interests,” Shirley said. “I could only make this decision knowing that Microsoft is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of Microsoft and believe we have established the strongest board in the history of the company.”

“It has been my privilege to work with Jon in multiple roles at Microsoft over the past 25 years,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “We are grateful for his incredible leadership and dedication and fully understand his desire to retire considering his extensive service to the company.”

Microsoft’s board of directors consists of William H. Gates, Microsoft chairman; Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer; James I. Cash Jr., Ph.D., former James E. Robison professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School; Dina Dublon, former chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase; Raymond V. Gilmartin, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Merck & Co. Inc.; Reed Hastings, founder and chief executive officer of Netflix Inc.; David F. Marquardt, general partner at August Capital; Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of AT&T Corp.; and Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW AG. Shirley will remain on the Microsoft board through November 2008.

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