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Microsoft Corporation 2013 Final Proxy Voting Results
Published: November 19, 2013
We held our Annual Meeting of Shareholders on November 19, 2013. There were 8,360,743,755 shares of common stock entitled to be voted. 7,016,304,432 shares were voted in person or by proxy.
 
There were 12 items of business acted upon by shareholders. For more information on the proposals, see the Company’s Proxy Statement dated October 7, 2013, 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

Performance criteria under the Executive Officer Incentive Plan

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

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

Steven A. Ballmer

Re-elected

90.66%

5,343,992,039

550,387,064

17,028,819

1,104,896,510

Dina Dublon

Re-elected

99.02%

5,834,817,507

57,805,254

18,785,161

1,104,896,510

William H. Gates III

Re-elected

98.13%

5,428,035,168

103,236,437

46,883,327

1,104,896,510

Maria Klawe

Re-elected

99.04%

5,506,251,626

53,127,693

18,775,613

1,104,896,510

Stephen J. Luczo

Re-elected

99.05%

5,506,325,662

52,660,859

19,168,411

1,104,896,510

David F. Marquardt

Re-elected

93.88%

5,218,345,040

340,422,382

19,387,510

1,104,896,510

Charles H. Noski

Re-elected

99.10%

5,838,893,714

52,927,642

19,586,566

1,104,896,510

Helmut Panke

Re-elected

98.73%

5,816,987,294

74,785,112

19,635,516

1,104,896,510

John W. Thompson

Re-elected

91.41%

5,376,806,307

505,282,952

29,318,663

1,104,896,510

Management Proposals
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Approve Material Terms Under The Executive Officer Incentive Plan
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

Approved

97.87%

5,759,859,245

125,408,870

26,139,807

1,104,896,510

Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes
Approved 95.90% 5,635,546,611 241,232,466 34,628,845 1,104,896,510
Ratification of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Independent Auditor
Vote Results % Votes
For
For Against Abstain Broker Non-Votes

Approved

98.74%

6,569,474,308

83,902,561

29,674,573