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Microsoft Corporation 2014 Final Proxy Voting Results
Published: December 3, 2014
We held our Annual Shareholders Meeting on December 3, 2014. There were 8,255,024,407 shares of common stock entitled to be voted. 7,005,292,367 shares were voted in person or by proxy.
 
There were 4 items of business acted upon by shareholders. For more information on the proposals, see the Company’s Proxy Statement dated October 20, 2014, which you may view here. The following table summarizes the vote threshold required for passage of each proposal and the effect of abstentions and uninstructed shares held by brokers.
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Item Votes Required for Approval Abstentions Uninstructed Shares

Election of Directors

Majority of shares cast

Not voted

Not voted

Advisory vote on executive compensation

Majority of shares cast

Not voted

Not voted

Ratification of Independent Auditor

Majority of shares cast

Not voted

Discretionary vote

Shareholder Proposal: Proxy access for shareholders

Majority of shares cast

Not voted

Not voted

The final voting results for the proposals were as follows:
Election of Directors
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  Vote
Results
% Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

William H. Gates III

Re-elected

93.9%

5,606,116,491

365,721,899

2,265,393

1,031,188,584

Maria M. Klawe

Re-elected

92.6%

5,531,572,830

439,103,380

3,427,573

1,031,188,584

Teri L. List-Stoll

Elected

99.7%

5,955,193,132

15,258,441

3,652,210

1,031,188,584

G. Mason Morfit

Elected

99.7%

5,654,036,396

18,217,262

301,850,125

1,031,188,584

Satya Nadella

Elected

99.5%

5,942,449,976

28,462,079

3,191,728

1,031,188,584

Charles H. Noski

Re-elected

99.4%

5,935,196,762

35,098,514

3,808,507

1,031,188,584

Helmut Panke

Re-elected

97.7%

5,834,406,180

135,861,949

3,835,654

1,031,188,584

Charles W. Scharf

Elected

99.7%

5,954,552,546

15,704,412

3,846,825

1,031,188,584

John W. Stanton

Elected

99.1%

5,914,329,420

56,041,826

3,732,537

1,031,188,584

John W. Thompson

Re-elected

92.1%

5,497,993,411

472,460,503

3,649,869

1,031,188,584

Management Proposals
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Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

Approved

72.6%

4,316,712,740

1,625,320,427

32,070,616

1,031,188,584

Ratification of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Independent Auditor
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

Approved

98.9%

6,919,256,043

77,642,108

8,394,216

Shareholder Proposal
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Proxy access for shareholder
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

Not Approved

10.5%

622,160,860

5,319,463,402

32,479,521

1,031,188,584