Welcome to the Microsoft board. This FAQ is intended to answer many frequently asked questions. It is also meant to help our friends get a quick start in researching MSFT. You will find many links that will help you find the information you need to make Foolish decisions about investing in MSFT.Please be mindful that the world moves quickly and so the information you get from this FAQ, and the linked references in subject to change before the FAQ changes. There is no substitute for doing your own research.If you are new to the Motley Fool discussion boards click on this link to go to the Discussion Board Help screen. You can learn how to navigate the boards, how to make italics and bolds and the posting guidelines are listed here: http://www.fool.com/community/foolboards/ushelp.aspA final word. This is a Microsoft investment board. You can find loads of good information that will help you make good choices. You will also find loads of other stuff. The point is that it is up to you to make your own choices. My favorite bit of advice from The Motley Fool comes from their disclaimer: http://www.fool.com/help/disclaimer.htmIf you ignore our advice to do independent research of industries, companies, and stocks, choosing instead to trade solely on information, "tips," or opinions found in our forum, you have made a conscious, willing, free, and personal decision to do so. You have also probably made a mistakeHappy investing!Table of ContentsWhat is Microsoft?Where is it located?How long has Microsoft been around / When was it incorporated?How long has it been public?What stock splits have occurred?How do stock splits work?Does Microsoft pay dividends?Does anyone know of some analysts covering Microsoft?What products does Microsoft make?What is Microsoft's web page?Who are the executive officers?I thought Bill Gates was CEO. When did that change, and where is he now?Are there other web sites about Microsoft?Does the Motley Fool have some links about the company?Who else has MSFT links?Hot topic -- DOJ LawsuitHot topic -- LinuxHot topic -- XBoxHot topic -- .NETCan you help me with my software?I can't believe that you left this off the FAQ!What is Microsoft?Microsoft is the world's largest software company. It is the second most admired company in the US. http://www.fortune.com/lists/mostadmired/index.htmlIt is third most admired company in the world. http://www.fortune.com/lists/globaladmired/index.htmlIt is number 79 on the fortune 500. http://www.fortune.com/lists/F500/index.html It is number 201 on the Global 500. http://www.fortune.com/lists/G500/index.htmlIt is number 28 on the Fortune Best Companies to Work for. http://www.fortune.com/lists/bestcompanies/index.htmlWhere is it located?Microsoft CorporationOne Microsoft WayRedmond, Washington, 98052-6399(425) 882-8080How long has Microsoft been around / When was it incorporated?Bill Gates and Paul Allen sold their first product (BASIC for the Altair) on Feb 1, 1975. The trade name "Microsoft" was registered on 11/26/1976 and a formal partnership agreement between Paul Allen and Bill Gates was executed on 2/3/1977. On 6/25/1981 Microsoft was reorganized as a privately held corporation.How long has it been public?Microsoft was taken public or 3/13/1986 at $21.00 per share. For an extended timeline please refer to:http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/museum/musTimeline.asp Where can I find recent filings by Microsoft?http://www.microsoft.com/msft/sec.htm has links to SEC filings for FY 1997 and later. What stock splits have occurred?Sept. 18, 1987 2 for 1April 12, 1990 2 for 1June 26, 1991 3 for 2June 12, 1992 3 for 2May 20, 1994 2 for 1December 6, 1996 2 for 1February 20, 1998 2 for 1March 26, 1999 2 for 11 share of MSFT purchased at the IPO (3/13/1986) for $21 is now 144 shares worth $10,080 for a total return of 47,900%, which is an annualized return of 47.4%. (2/18/2002)For more information on Microsoft stock history please refer to: http://www.microsoft.com/msft/stock.htmHow do stock splits work?The Motley Fool has a Stock Split FAQhttp://www.fool.com/FoolFAQ/FoolFAQ0035.htmDon't panic if your brokerage account does not imediately show your new shares, it may take a day or two (maybe three) but it will happen.A good rule for splits is that if it seems unfair, it's probably not done that way. This is a guarantee that is not true for many things, but it is true for splits.Does Microsoft pay dividends?NoDoes anyone know of some analysts covering Microsoft?This gives a list of covering brokers and a history of their recommendations.http://biz.yahoo.com/c/m/msft-a.htmlWhat products does Microsoft make?Microsoft's product offering is huge. For a comprehensive list please look at the dropdown box in http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/default.asp?subid=22What is Microsoft's web page?Microsoft's home page is http://www.microsoft.comAre there other web sites about Microsoft?There are plenty of Microsoft web pages, from support to financials to software updates.Some important websites, related to finance, include:Investor Relations: http://www.microsoft.com/msft/Delayed Quote: http://quote.fool.com/uberdata.asp?symbols=MSFTKey Financial Data: Financial Data with market comparisons: Company Snapshot: http://quote.fool.com/Snapshot/snapshot.asp?symbols=MSFT&currticker=MSFTStock Chart: http://quote.fool.com/Chart/chart.asp?symbols=MSFT&currticker=MSFTEarnings Estimates: Stock Performance: A research tool: http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/research/wizards/srwfund.asp?Symbol=MSFTDoes the Motley Fool have some links about the company?Obviously, you found the MSFT board. The Motley Fool also has covered MSFT in some recent articles, including...A comparison of the Microsoft and Coca Cola financial statementshttp://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2000/rulemaker000320.htmThe resident TMF Miscrosoft basher Rob Landley (aka TMFOak)http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2000/rulemaker000217.htmand a Foolish rebuttalhttp://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2000/rulemaker000218.htmA Rule Meaker analysis updatehttp://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2000/rulemaker000119.htmIt won't hurt to read the Rule Maker Buy Reporthttp://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/Trades/RuleMakerTrade_msft980129.htmWho else has MSFT links?http://messages.yahoo.com/?action=q&board=msfthttp://www.ragingbull.com/mboard/boards.cgi?board=MSFTWho are the executive officers?There are lots of Executives. The executives listed below make up the Business Leadership Team. For a complete list of executives complete with biographies and photographs refer to http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/default.asp.Steve Ballmer - Chief Executive OfficerWilliam H. Gates - Chairman and Chief Software ArchitectRichard Belluzzo - President and Chief Operating OfficerJim Allchin - Group Vice President PlatformsJohn Connors - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial OfficerOrlando Ayala - Group Vice President Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services GroupRobert J. Bach - Senior Vice President Games Division/Chief Xbox Officer (CXO)Doug Burgum President, Great Plains, Senior Vice President, Business SolutionsDavid Cole - Senior Vice President Services Platform DivisionJon DeVaan - Senior Vice President TV DivisionRichard P. Emerson - Senior Vice President Corporate Development StrategyPaul Flessner - Senior Vice President .NET Enterprise ServersKevin R. Johnson - Sr. Vice President US Sales, Marketing and ServiceJoachim Kempin - Senior Vice President OEM DivisionMich Mathews - Corporate Vice President Marketing DivisionYusuf Mehdi - Corporate Vice President, MSN Personal Services & BusinessBob Muglia - Senior Vice President Enterprise Storage Services GroupCraig Mundie - Senior Vice President Chief Technical Officer Advanced Strategies and PolicyBill Neukom - Executive Vice President Law & Corporate AffairsJeff Raikes - Group Vice President Productivity and Business ServicesDr. Richard F. Rashid - Senior Vice President ResearchEric Rudder - Senior Vice President Developer and Platform EvangelismSteven Sinofsky - Senior Vice President OfficeLinda Stone - Corporate Vice President Corporate and Industry InitiativesBrian Valentine - Senior Vice President Windows DivisionDavid Vaskevitch - Senior Vice President Chief Technical Officer Business Platform Henry P. Vigil - Corporate Vice President Consumer Strategy and PartnershipsDeborah N. Willingham - Senior Vice President Human ResourcesI thought Bill Gates was CEO. When did that change, and where is he now?Steve Ballmer was appointed President and CEO on January 13, 2000. Bill Gates remains in place as Chairman and has taken the new position of Chief Software Architect.For more information on Bill Gates please refer to his web site: http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/ and http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/default.aspFor more information on Steve Ballmer please refer to: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/default.aspThe Microsoft press release on the appointment. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2000/Jan00/Final25Anv.aspSince then Richard Belluzzo was named President. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/belluzzo/default.aspHot topic -- DOJ LawsuitWhat exactly is the legal definition of a monopoloy?http://caselaw.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?navby=case&court=US&vol=351&invol=377#391Judge Jackson's Findings of Facthttp://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htmJudge Jackson's Conclusions of Lawhttp://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f4400/4469.htmJudge Jackson's Final Judgementhttp://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/jun00/06-07finaljudg.aspThe Appeals Court Rulinghttp://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/appeals/06-28opinion.aspA good antitrust primerhttp://prof.findlaw.com/antitrust/index.htmlFor a little more detail. United States Code Title 15 - Commerce & Trade - the laws themselves:http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/15/ This case is concerned with Chapter 1, Sections 1 & 2.Just about everything. You can find a wealth of information here, both pro and anti Microsoft. This page has links to the complaints, testimony, rulings, motions, articles, rebuttals, other sites ...http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/01antitrust/microsoft.htmlThe often referred to but seldom read appeals court ruling in the contempt casehttp://caselaw.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=DC&navby=case&no=975343AA must read--TMFCheeze proposes his own remedies:http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12353817Hot topic -- LinuxTry reading PietrzakFool's well written post on the open source world view. You may not agree but he does a good job explaining what the Linux folks believe.http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1180128005079000Andy does Linux:http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13375124Hot topic -- XBoxHot topic -- .NETCan you help me with my software?This is an investment board so we try not to get mired down in technical questions. You can try the "Help with ths STUPID Computer" board:http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112909I can't believe that you left this off the FAQ!I am very much aware that this FAQ is incomplete. If you have suggestions or updates please reply to this post.I can't guarantee that I will incorporate every suggestion, but I will consider them.Randall
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