The Board maintains four standing committees to assist it in discharging its oversight responsibilities. Each committee
performs its duties as assigned by the Board in compliance with Microsoft's
Bylaws and its charter. The specific duties of each committee are described on the following pages:
The directors who serve on these committees are independent. In determining the independence of a director, the Board
director independence guidelines to assist in affirmatively determining that a director has no relationship that would interfere with
the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.