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Microsoft stock
Q.Does Microsoft pay a dividend?
A.Microsoft pays a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share. Read the Dividend FAQ for more information. 
Q.What is Microsoft's ticker symbol?
A. Our common stock ticker symbol is MSFT. Microsoft common shares are traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
Q.What exchange does Microsoft stock trade on?
A.Microsoft common shares are traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market. The ticker symbol is MSFT.
Q.How can I get the current Microsoft stock price?
A.
MSN® Money can provide a 15 minute delayed price, as well as other information regarding Microsoft stock.
Q.When was Microsoft's initial public offering (IPO)?
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Microsoft went public March 13, 1986 at $21.00 per share.
Q.What was the offering price at Microsoft's initial public offering (IPO)?
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The offering price was $21.00 per share at the IPO on March 13, 1986.
Q.Who should I contact regarding my stock certificate(s)?
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You should contact Microsoft's transfer agent, American Stock Transfer, by one of these methods:
• Internet: www.amstock.com
• E-mail: msft@amstock.com
• Phone: (800) 285-7772 option 1
• Address:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
P.O. Box 2362
New York, NY 10272-2362
Q.What is Microsoft's CUSIP number?
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594918104
Q.When is the next annual shareholders meeting?
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The 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting will be held on December 3, 2014 at 8:00 am Pacific Time. The meeting will be held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.
Q.When was the last annual shareholders meeting?
A.The 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting was held on November 19, 2013 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. Listen to the Webcast
Q.Do you issue preferred stock?
A.
Microsoft no longer offers preferred shares.
Q.How many Microsoft shares are outstanding?
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As of July 22, 2014 there were 8,239,848,789 shares outstanding.
Microsoft Corporate
Q.Where can I get information on the company?
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This corporate information page contains a variety of links regarding Microsoft.
Q.Where can I get information about Microsoft's Board of Directors?
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This link will take you to Microsoft's Board of Directors. Click on each member's name to read their full biography.
Q.Who is Microsoft's independent auditor?
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Microsoft's independent auditor is Deloitte & Touche.
Q.Where can I get company historical information?
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This online Microsoft timeline provides a good overview of Microsoft history.
Q.What are Microsoft's values and mission?
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Microsoft's values and mission, as well as how we intend to deliver on our mission, are outlined on our Mission and Values page.
Q.Where can I learn about the company culture?
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Information about our company culture and other corporate topics can be found on our Who We Are page.
Q.Where can I learn about what it's like to work at Microsoft?
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Information about life on our main campus can be found on our Campus Lifestyle page.
Q.Where can I get employment information?
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Lots of information is available at the jobs site.
Q.What year and where was Microsoft incorporated?
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Microsoft was incorporated in the state of Washington on June 25, 1981; reincorporated in the state of Delaware on September 19, 1986; and reincorporated in the state of Washington on November 1, 1993.
Q.What is Microsoft's full-time worldwide headcount?
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Microsoft's past and current headcounts can be found on our Fast Facts About Microsoft page.
Q.What companies has Microsoft invested in or acquired?
Q.Is it possible for a shareholder to tour the Microsoft campus?
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The general public is allowed to visit the Microsoft Visitor Center. Click here for hours and locations.
Q.I'm a shareholder and I need product support. Who do I contact?
A.
Visit our online Product Support Services. You can choose from a variety of options.
Dividends for shareholders
Q.Does Microsoft have a direct stock purchase plan or a dividend reinvestment plan?
A.American Stock Transfer, Microsoft's transfer agent, administers a direct stock purchase plan and a dividend reinvestment program for the company. To find out more about these programs you may contact AST directly at (800) 285-7772, Option 1, between the hours of 5 A.M. and 5 P.M. Pacific Time, Monday through Fridays. Alternatively, you can the view program online by going to AST’s Web site.
Q.Does Microsoft pay a quarterly dividend?
A.Microsoft pays a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share. Read the press release.
Q.What is Microsoft's dividend history?
A.
This table lists the dividend payments, amounts, and key dates:
Quarterly Dividend
Dividend Period
Amount
Announcement Date
Ex-Dividend Date
Record Date
Payable Date
FY2015 Q2
$0.31
Dec 3, 2014
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
FY2015 Q1
$0.31
Sept 16, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
FY2014 Q4
$0.28
Jun 10, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Sept 11, 2014
FY2014 Q3
$0.28
Mar 11, 2014
May 13, 2014
May 15, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
FY2014 Q2
$0.28
Nov 19, 2013
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
FY2014 Q1
$0.28
Sept 17, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
FY2013 Q4
$0.23
Jun 12, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Sept 12, 2013
FY2013 Q3
$0.23
Mar 11, 2013
May 14, 2013
May 16, 2013
June 13, 2013
FY2013 Q2
$0.23
Nov 28, 2012
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
FY2013 Q1
$0.23
Sept 18, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
FY2012 Q4
$0.20
Jun 13, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Sept 13, 2012
FY2012 Q3
$0.20
Mar 13, 2012
May 15, 2012
May 17, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
FY2012 Q2
$0.20
Dec 14, 2011
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Mar 8, 2012
FY2012 Q1
$0.20
Sept 20, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Dec 8, 2011
FY2011 Q4
$0.16
Jun 15, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Sept 8, 2011
FY2011 Q3
$0.16
Mar 14, 2011
May 17, 2011
May 19, 2011
Jun 9, 2011
FY2011 Q2
$0.16
Dec 15, 2010
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
FY2011 Q1
$0.16
Sept 21, 2010
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
Dec 9, 2010
FY2010 Q4
$0.13
Jun 16, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Sept 9, 2010
FY2010 Q3
$0.13
Mar 8, 2010
May 18, 2010
May 20, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
FY2010 Q2
$0.13
Dec 9, 2009
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
FY2010 Q1
$0.13
Sep 18, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
FY2009 Q4
$0.13
Jun 10, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
FY2009 Q3
$0.13
Mar 9, 2009
May 19, 2009
May 21, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
FY2009 Q2
$0.13
Dec 10, 2008
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
FY2009 Q1
$0.13
Sep 22, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
FY2008 Q4
$0.11
Jun 11, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
FY2008 Q3
$0.11
Mar 17, 2008
May 13, 2008
May 15, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
FY2008 Q2
$0.11
Dec 19, 2007
Feb 19, 2008
Feb 21, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
FY2008 Q1
$0.11
Sep 12, 2007
Nov 13, 2007
Nov 15, 2007
Dec 13, 2007
FY2007 Q4
$0.10
Jun 27, 2007
Aug 14, 2007
Aug 16, 2007
Sep 13, 2007
FY2007 Q3
$0.10
Mar 26, 2007
May 15, 2007
May 17, 2007
Jun 14, 2007
FY2007 Q2
$0.10
Dec 20, 2006
Feb 13, 2007
Feb 15, 2007
Mar 8, 2007
FY2007 Q1
$0.10
Sep 13, 2006
Nov 14, 2006
Nov 16, 2006
Dec 14, 2006
FY2006 Q4
$0.09
Jun 21, 2006
Aug 15, 2006
Aug 17, 2006
Sep 14, 2006
FY2006 Q3
$0.09
Mar 27, 2006
May 15, 2006
May 17, 2006
Jun 8, 2006
FY2006 Q2
$0.09
Dec 14, 2005
Feb 15, 2006
Feb 17, 2006
Mar 9, 2006
FY2006 Q1
$0.08
Sep 22, 2005
Nov 15, 2005
Nov 17, 2005
Dec 8, 2005
FY2005 Q4
$0.08
Jun 15, 2005
Aug 15, 2005
Aug 17, 2005
Sep 08, 2005
FY2005 Q3
$0.08
Mar 23, 2005
May 16, 2005
May 18, 2005
Jun 09, 2005
FY2005 Q2
$0.08
Dec 08, 2004
Feb 15, 2005
Feb 17, 2005
Mar 10, 2005
FY2005 Q1
$0.08
Sep 15, 2004
Nov 15, 2004
Nov 17, 2004
Dec 02, 2004
Special
$3.00
Jul 20, 2004
Nov 15, 2004
Nov 17, 2004
Dec 02, 2004
FY2004 Q4
$0.08
Jul 20, 2004
Aug 23, 2004
Aug 25, 2004
Sep 14, 2004
Annual Dividend
Dividend Period
Amount
Announcement Date
Ex-dividend Date
Record Date
Payable Date
2003
$0.08
Jan 16, 2003
Feb 19, 2003
Feb 21, 2003
Mar 7, 2003
2004
$0.16
Sep 12, 2003
Oct 15, 2003
Oct 17, 2003
Nov 7, 2003
Microsoft stock splits
Q.Will there be a stock split?
A.The Board of Directors makes the decision for any stock split. The most current split was a 2-for-1 common stock split announced on January 16, 2003. The stock will commence trading at the new split price February 18, 2003. This was our ninth stock split since going public March 13, 1986. Read the press release: Microsoft Declares Annual Dividend and Announces Two-for-One Split on Common Stock
Q.When has Microsoft common stock split?
A.
The most recent split was a 2-for-1 common stock split announced on January 16, 2003. The stock traded at the new split price on February 18, 2003. This was Microsoft's ninth stock split going public March 13, 1986. For more information, read the press release: Microsoft Declares Annual Dividend and Announces Two-for-One Split on Common Stock. After this most recent split, one original share equals 288 shares.
This chart summarizes Microsoft's nine common stock splits since the initial public offering on March 13, 1986:
Payable Date
Type of Split*
Closing Price Before
Closing Price After
September 18, 1987
2 for 1
$114.50 (Sep 18)
$53.50 (Sep 21)
April 12, 1990
2 for 1
$120.75 (Apr 12)
$60.75 (Apr 16)
June 26, 1991
3 for 2
$100.75 (Jun 26)
$68.00 (Jun 27)
June 12, 1992
3 for 2
$112.50 (Jun 12)
$75.75 (Jun 15)
May 20, 1994
2 for 1
$97.75 (May 20)
$50.63 (May 23)
December 6, 1996
2 for 1
$152.875 (Dec 6)
$81.75 (Dec 9)
February 20, 1998
2 for 1
$155.13 (Feb 20)
$81.63 (Feb 23)
March 26, 1999
2 for 1
$178.13 (Mar 26)
$92.38 (Mar 29)
February 14, 2003
2 for 1
$48.30 (Feb 14)
$24.96 (Feb 18)
*Type of split:
2 for 1 = One additional share for every share held (multiply the number of shares by 2 for a new total)
3 for 2 = One additional share for every two shares held (multiply the number of shares by 1.5 for a new total)
Q.How does a 2-for-1 stock split actually work?
A.
A 2-for-1 split means the investor will have twice as many shares as he had before, at half the market price. Here’s an example: As of the record date (January 27, 2003) if an investor owns 100 shares of MSFT and the market price is $50.00/share, that investor’s total value is $5,000.00. After the split, the investor will have 200 shares of stock, but the market price will be approximately $25.00/share. The investor’s total investment value in MSFT remains the same at $5,000.00 until the stock price moves up or down.
Q.Why did you split the stock now?
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The decision to split the stock was made by Microsoft’s Board of Directors, based on a desire to make our stock more accessible to a broader range of investors.
Q.How many times have you split the stock?
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This is the ninth time the company has split the stock since Microsoft went public back in March 1986. One original share will equal 288 shares after this split is effective.
Financials and SEC filings
Q.When is the next earnings release?
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Second quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015 will be released on January 26, 2015. A webcast of the conference call will be available from the Microsoft Investor Relations page. All earnings releases are on this Web site.
Q.What is Microsoft's fiscal year and corresponding earnings release dates?
A.
Microsoft's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Earnings release dates for Fiscal Year 2015:
Q1
Oct. 23, 2014 
Read the Press Release.
Q2
Jan. 26, 2015 
Earnings will be released after the stock market closes. There will also be a webcast of the call with financial analysts.
Q3
Apr. 23, 2015
Earnings will be released after the stock market closes. There will also be a webcast of the call with financial analysts.
Q4
Jul. 21, 2015
Earnings will be released after the stock market closes. There will also be a webcast of the call with financial analysts.
Q.Does Microsoft issue quarterly reports?
A.
No, because of increased printing and distribution costs, as well as the commitment to the use of our own technologies, Microsoft no longer issues printed quarterly reports but focuses on electronic media instead. You can look at all earnings releases on this website.
Q.How do I get a copy of the Annual Report?
A.
Here is our 2014 Microsoft Annual Report online. You can also download a Microsoft Word version of the 2014 Annual Report. If you still require a hard copy version, go to our printed material order form and select "2014 Microsoft Annual Report."
Q.Where can I find historical Microsoft financial statements?
A.
You can go to our financial history page at this website to find various financial statements in html and Microsoft Word format, as well as financial graphs and charts to view.
Q.I am a potential investor. How do I get a Microsoft investor pack?
A.
Go to our Investor packet to view or download the company's financial reports. If you need to order materials to be delivered via postal mail, go to our printed material order form.
Q.I am a student/researcher? How do I get a Microsoft student pack?
A.
Go to our Investor packet to view or download the company's financial reports. If you need to order materials to be delivered via postal mail, go to our printed material order form.
Microsoft debt
Q.Does Microsoft issue bonds?
A. Microsoft does issue bonds. Read the press release.
Q.What are the coupon rates and maturity dates for the Microsoft bonds?
A.
0.875%  Notes due September 27, 2013
2.950%  Notes due June 1, 2014
1.625%  Notes due September 25, 2015
2.500%  Notes due February 8, 2016
0.875% Notes due November 15, 2017
4.200%  Notes due June 1, 2019
3.000%  Notes due October 1, 2020
4.000%  Notes due February 8, 2021
2.125% Notes due November 15, 2022
5.200%  Notes due June 1, 2039
4.500%  Notes due October 1, 2040
5.300%  Notes due February 8, 2041
3.500%  Notes due November 15, 2042
Q.What is the credit rating of Microsoft?
A.The Microsoft corporate credit rating is AAA and Aaa by Standard & Poor's Rating Services and Moody's Investors Service Inc., respectively. The commercial paper is rated A-1+ by Standard & Poor's and P-1 by Moody's.
Q.How can I buy Microsoft bonds?
A.To purchase Microsoft bonds, please consult your financial advisor or broker.
XBRL file format
Q.What is XBRL?
A.
XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) is a freely available electronic language for business reporting. It is an XML–based framework that provides the financial community a standards-based method to prepare, publish, reliably extract, and automatically exchange financial statements.
Electronic availability of financial information and transparency of data is key in today's investor and analyst community. XBRL addresses the way financial data is communicated by using XML, a globally recognized standard for transmitting data. By putting financial data in an open, agreed upon standard format, XBRL is helping to revolutionize access to financial information over the Internet.
XBRL does not establish new accounting standards, nor does it require additional disclosure from companies to outside audiences. XBRL focuses on enhancing the usability of financial information by means of a digital language of business which enables financial information to be available freely and transparently by the Internet. XBRL not only accommodates accounting standards and policies in place today but is also flexible enough to accommodate future accounting standards and direction.
Q.For what is XBRL used?
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XBRL is used to digitally publish financial statements and other relevant accounting disclosures of companies of all makes and sizes, both public and private. An XBRL-based financial statement contains the information found in traditional financial statements (such as the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow and Statement of Stockholders Equity) in a format that can more easily be recognized and understood by computers. From the creation process, XBRL documents can be exchanged reliably and published more easily. On the analytics side, XBRL enables a dramatic improvement in the processing of financial reports by allowing the information to be analyzed more quickly.
Q.What information does Microsoft publish in XBRL format?
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Microsoft publishes its financial statements and footnotes each quarter in XBRL in its Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filings. Investor Relations publishes financial statements webpages using XBRL. The XBRL tags are displayed inline in XBRL mode (<>).
Q.What are the benefits of XBRL?
A.
XBRL brings standardization to today's business reporting supply chain. At its highest level, XBRL improves the efficiency of communication to investors, as well as the aggregation and analysis of business report information, such as financial statements. XBRL provides an electronic dictionary of terms that enable the tagging of business report information, which can then be transferred across disparate systems for use in activities such as analysis. It allows participants in the business reporting supply chain to spend less time doing data entry and cleansing, and more time on value-added activities like data analysis.
The following table summarizes how XBRL affects the various consumers of financial data:
Group
Effect
Analysts, investors, and regulators
Enhanced distribution and usability of existing financial statement information that enables automated analysis, significantly less re-keying of financial information (from one form into another), and receiving information in a preferred format for a specific style of analysis.
Financial publishers and data aggregators
More efficient data collection that lowers operating costs associated with custom, idiosyncratic data feeds and reduces errors while adding value to the data and increasing transaction capacity.
Software vendors
Increased potential for full interoperability with other financial and analytical applications: virtually any software product that manages or uses financial information can use XBRL for its data export and import formats. These products include general ledger and accounting systems, report writers, XML editors, and business applications like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. XBRL is also able to leverage new technologies such as XML Web services and Microsoft .NET.
Additional XBRL benefits include:
• Reduction in the cost of analyzing and reporting business information.
• Increased speed and efficiency of business decisions by allowing comparisons across consistent tags, thus enabling analysis to occur more quickly.
• Enhanced distribution of business information by allowing the reuse of the same financial information for multiple reporting methods without losing data integrity.
• Ready exchange and analysis of business information.
Q.What are the benefits of Microsoft's financial statements being available in XBRL format?
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XBRL increases the re-usability of financial statement information. Instead of creating multiple report outputs for multiple purposes, a single XBRL document can be created that addresses most needs. This reduces the number of total reports that need to be created and also reduces the re-keying of financial data for analytical and other purposes. Externally, investors will have better access to financial results because XBRL facilitates effective and timely analysis of that information.
Q.What are the differences between HTML, XML and XBRL?
A.
In simple terms, HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a system of marking up a document so it can be published on the World Wide Web. Documents prepared in HTML contain reference graphics and formatting tags. Put another way, HTML is a series of predefined tags that primarily focus on describing how content appears on the Web. For example, HTML describes the font, font size, and color of the text in this paragraph should be when viewed by a Web browser. HTML allowed the Internet to evolve from a text-based collection of data to the multimedia World Wide Web of today. HTML offers content but no real context. XML (Extensible Markup Language) is the universal format for data on the Web that uses tags to give context and structure to content. XML is a standards language that was ratified in February 1998 and is maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). XML does not replace HTML. Rather, XML is a complimentary format that is platform independent, allowing XML data to be rendered on any device, such as a computer, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA) or tablet device. XML allows developers to easily describe and deliver rich, structured data from any application in a standard, consistent way. Whereas HTML offers a fixed and predefined number of tags, XML neither defines nor limits tags. Instead, XML provides a framework for defining tags (i.e., taxonomy) and the relationship between them (i.e., schema). Finally, XBRL is an XML–based schema that focuses specifically on business reporting. XBRL is a complement to XML, allowing accountants and regulatory agencies to identify items that are unique to a given business reporting environment. The schema of XBRL defines how to create XBRL documents and XBRL taxonomies (or dictionaries) such as United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). These dictionaries provide a set of business reporting tags or terms that allow users to identify business information in a consistent format. XBRL is also extensible in that users are able to create their own XBRL dictionaries that define and describe tags unique to a given environment. An example of this type of dictionary is the Microsoft custom taxonomy, which can be found on the download page. By putting business report information in an XBRL format, software applications that support XBRL can read the underlying data more efficiently than today’s traditional paper–, HTML–, or PDF–based report formats.