Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft stock

  • A.Microsoft pays a quarterly dividend of $0.62 per share. Read the Dividend FAQ for more information.
  • A.Our common stock ticker symbol is MSFT. Microsoft common shares are traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
  • A.Microsoft common shares are traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market. The ticker symbol is MSFT.
  • A.MSN® Money can provide a 15 minute delayed price, as well as other information regarding Microsoft stock.
  • A.Microsoft went public March 13, 1986 at $21.00 per share.
  • A.The offering price was $21.00 per share at the IPO on March 13, 1986.
  • A.You should contact Microsoft's transfer agent, Computershare, by one of these methods:

    • Internet: https://www.computershare.com/Microsoft
    • E-mail: web.queries@computershare.com
    • Phone: (800) 285-7772 Option 1
                   (425) 706-4400 Option 1 (International)

    For Written Shareholder Inquiries
    By Mail:

    Computershare
    P.O. Box 505000
    Louisville, KY 40233-5000

    By Overnight/Certified/Registered Delivery
    Computershare
    462 South 4th Street, Suite 1600
    Louisville, KY 40202
    United States of America
  • A.594918104
  • A. The next annual shareholders meeting date has yet to be determined.
  • A. The 2021 Annual Shareholders Meeting was held on November 30th, 2021. The meeting can be viewed at Listen to the Webcast
  • A.Microsoft no longer offers preferred shares.
  • A.As of April 21, 2022, there were 7,479,033,135 shares outstanding.

Microsoft Corporate

Dividends for shareholders

  • A.Computershare, Microsoft's transfer agent, administers a direct stock purchase plan and a dividend reinvestment plan for the company. To find out more about these programs you may contact Computershare directly at (800) 285-7772, Option 1, between the hours of 8 A.M. and 8 P.M. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9 A.M and 5 P.M. Eastern Time. Alternatively, you can the view program online by going to Computershare's website.
  • A.Microsoft pays a quarterly dividend of $0.62 per share. Read the press release.
  • A.This table lists the dividend payments, amounts, and key dates:

    Quarterly Dividend

    Annual Dividend

    Dividend PeriodAmountAnnouncement DateEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
    2003$0.08Jan 16, 2003Feb 19, 2003Feb 21, 2003Mar 7, 2003
    2004$0.16Sep 12, 2003Oct 15, 2003Oct 17, 2003Nov 7, 2003

    Special Dividend

    Dividend PeriodAmountAnnouncement DateEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
    Special$3.00Jul 20, 2004Nov 15, 2004Nov 17, 2004Dec 2, 2004

Microsoft stock splits

  • 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.
  • 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, 19872 for 1$114.50 (Sep 18)$53.50 (Sep 21)
    April 12, 19902 for 1$120.75 (Apr 12)$60.75 (Apr 16)
    June 26, 19913 for 2$100.75 (Jun 26)$68.00 (Jun 27)
    June 12, 19923 for 2$112.50 (Jun 12)$75.75 (Jun 15)
    May 20, 19942 for 1$97.75 (May 20)$50.63 (May 23)
    December 6, 19962 for 1$152.875 (Dec 6)$81.75 (Dec 9)
    February 20, 19982 for 1$155.13 (Feb 20)$81.63 (Feb 23)
    March 26, 19992 for 1$178.13 (Mar 26)$92.38 (Mar 29)
    February 14, 20032 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)
  • 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.
  • A.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.
  • A.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

  • A.The next earnings release will be announced soon. A webcast of the conference call will be available from the Microsoft Investor Relations page.
  • A.Microsoft's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
       
    Q1October 26, 2021Read Press Release
    Q2January 25, 2022Read Press Release
    Q3April 26, 2022Read Press Release
    Q4TBAEarnings will be released after the stock market closes. There will also be a webcast of the call with financial analysts.
  • 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.
  • A.Here is our 2021 Microsoft Annual Report online. You can also download a Microsoft Word version of the 2021 Annual Report. If you still require a hard copy version, go to our printed material order form and select "2021 Microsoft Annual Report."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • A.To purchase Microsoft bonds, please consult your financial advisor or broker.