April 25, 2003
Microsoft is a company that has long been at the forefront of enterprise innovation, including standardizing our procurement practices. Before payment can be approved, every Microsoft supplier has to be approved by the Microsoft Procurement group, have signed an agreement with Microsoft, and have a purchase order in hand.
The advantages of such measures to us as a company are obvious. They enable us to regulate and categorize our spending so we can measure our costs for goods and services.
However, another primary goal of these measures is to ensure that suppliers to Microsoft have the most positive experience possible. No surprises. No hang-ups. No confusion. Because not only do we appreciate the opportunity to work with your company, we want you to enjoy and benefit from working with Microsoft.
Please explore this section to learn more about our procurement policies and practices.