Microsoft Appoints Andrea L. Taylor as Community Affairs Director

Civic Leader and Former United Nations Delegate to Direct U.S. Community

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Jun 15, 2006, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today announced the appointment of Andrea L. Taylor as the
 director for U.S. Community Affairs. Taylor brings to the role more than 20
 years of experience working with a variety of organizations around the
 globe and a track record of programs designed to bridge the digital divide.
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     In her new role, Taylor will set the strategy for and manage the
 implementation of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential program; Puget Sound
 community engagement; and employee community programs in the U.S.,
 including matching gifts and volunteering. Taylor will work closely with
 nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses in the U.S. to advance
 employability and work-force development.
     "A strong economic future depends on the strength and readiness of the
 U.S. work force, and it is important to support efforts to ensure that
 technology and skills are accessible to underserved communities across the
 country," Taylor said. "I look forward to building innovative partnerships
 and to sharing improved technology tools to help broaden digital inclusion
 in the United States."
     Taylor will report to Akhtar Badshah, senior director of Community
 Affairs at Microsoft. "Andrea's passion for education and philanthropy,
 along with her experience in partnering with nonprofit and private-sector
 organizations, makes her the ideal choice to further the goals of
 Microsoft's Community Affairs team -- to help provide training and tools
 that help create social and economic opportunities that can transform
 communities and help people realize their potential," Badshah said.
     Before joining Microsoft, Taylor was the founding director of the Media
 Fund at the Ford Foundation, creating a $50 million global portfolio of
 media investments. Working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe
 and the U.S., her program provided support for hundreds of projects
 including "Sesame Street" in China and South Africa, acclaimed television
 series such as "Eyes on the Prize" and "The Pacific Century," and National
 Public Radio (NPR). Taylor is an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard
 Graduate School of Education, where she developed and taught a new course
 last year, "New Media, Power, and Global Diversity," to help prepare the
 next generation of academic leaders for policy and practice in the age of
 digital media. She has also served as a delegate to four global summits of
 the United Nations: Tunis in 2005, Geneva in 2003, Beijing in 1995, and
 Cairo in 1994.
     About Microsoft Community Affairs
     Microsoft and its employees have long recognized the importance of
 being engaged in supporting communities around the world. Last year the
 company donated $61 million in cash and $273 million in software to 9,000
 nonprofit organizations. A majority of the company's community investments
 are made in support of Unlimited Potential, a global program that supports
 community technology centers in IT skills training. Unlimited Potential is
 part of the company's commitment to broadening digital inclusion and
 enhancing work-force development for a quarter of a billion people by 2010.
     More information about Microsoft's community investments can be found
 at .
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