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Microsoft President Jeff Raikes declares, 'It's a New Day for Business Intelligence'

Raikes announces product momentum, strategic alliances and acquisition at first-ever BI Conference in Seattle.

SEATTLE, May 9, 2007 -- Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division, today will open the first Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Conference, with an overview of new developments to further enable Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) vision and strategy for delivering pervasive BI and performance management.

In addition to describing how Microsoft is leading the transformation of the BI market by enabling BI and performance management throughout the enterprise, Raikes will announce key milestones for Microsoft's BI offering:

-- Microsoft's product development vision and launch timeline for the next version of SQL Server(TM), code-named "Katmai"

-- Strong momentum of Microsoft(R) Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

-- Strategic partnerships with key global systems integrators Accenture, Capgemini and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

-- Acquisition of SoftArtisans Inc.'s OfficeWriter for managed report authoring in Microsoft Office

"Microsoft is charting a course to transform the BI marketplace as we know it," Raikes said. "By fundamentally changing the economic model for BI and delivering unprecedented ease of use, we're enabling the broadest deployment of BI possible so employees can better contribute to a company's overall business performance."

Strengthening End-to-End BI Solution

Building on the trusted platform delivered by SQL Server 2005, Microsoft announced the next version of SQL Server. Code-named "Katmai," the product will deliver on Microsoft's overall data platform vision to meet the needs of the coming data explosion and the next generation of data-driven applications. SQL Server "Katmai" will also include key capabilities for large-scale data warehousing and richer information delivery through Microsoft Office. More information on the product development vision for SQL Server "Katmai" can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/may07/05-09KatmaiPR.mspx.

Also spotlighted in Raikes' keynote address will be Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, now in its second community technology preview (CTP) and set to launch in the second half of 2007. The Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP program includes more than 6,000 enterprise- grade and midmarket customers who are reporting impressive results with the complete and integrated performance management application and are initiating plans to deploy it. A number of these early adopter customers, including Energizer, Skanska and Maricopa County, will speak at the BI Conference.

Continued Investment in BI

As a sign of Microsoft's continued investment in BI and to further strengthen its offering, Raikes will also announce the acquisition of SoftArtisans' OfficeWriter. Combined with SQL Server Reporting Services, OfficeWriter will enable business users to author and consume managed reports in Microsoft Office applications.

Deepening Key Relationship

Raikes will also be joined on stage by representatives from Accenture, Capgemini and TCS to announce increased commitment by these global systems integrators to Microsoft's BI and performance management solution.

Microsoft and Accenture are working together to combine Accenture's performance management research and knowledge capital with Microsoft's BI and performance management offering. The companies' joint venture, Avanade, an IT consultancy dedicated to the Microsoft platform, will commit a global team of over 400 professionals trained on Microsoft BI technologies to support this effort. Avanade plans a new sales territory planning offering for Microsoft Dynamics(TM) CRM. In addition, Avanade plans to upgrade its existing solutions for budgeting, forecasting, planning and the Avanade Scorecarding & KPI Solution (ASKS) to take advantage of the new capabilities of Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 with a focus on financial services, manufacturing and retail.

Capgemini will announce the details of its global Intelligent Enterprise initiative with Microsoft, which will enable the training and development of an additional 2,000 people with advanced Microsoft BI solution skills by the end of this year. This includes 500 people with deep competency in Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. Focused on delivering solutions for the retail, utilities, telecom and finance industries, Capgemini will also create a number of new development centers in five global locations to help speed delivery and reduce costs.

TCS will announce a global initiative to deliver an expanded portfolio of BI and performance management solutions for manufacturing, retail, and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) customers around the world. Using Microsoft's end-to-end BI stack including SQL Server 2005 and the 2007 Office system, TCS anticipates doubling its BI practice in terms of both people and revenues over the next 24 months. TCS anticipates that Microsoft technologies will account for over 10 percent of its BI practice.

Increasing Leadership Position in BI Market

The BI Conference is the most recent milestone in the increasing momentum for the Microsoft BI offering. This includes a number of recent key product launches and acquisitions and top rankings on various industry analyst reports. With more than 2,400 attendees registered for the sold-out conference, Microsoft will host participants from more than 65 countries at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. The conference will showcase more than 50 partner exhibitors and a strong customer lineup from both midmarket and Global 2000 companies.

Microsoft will also announce its first BI customer awards honoring success and innovation in BI and performance management. From more than 100 nominations and submissions, finalists were selected and will compete in four separate categories:

-- Enterprise Insight. Clalit Health Services, JD Group Ltd., DaimlerChrysler AG

-- Pervasive BI and Performance Management. Sonic Corp., HSBC Bank Mexico S.A., Hilton Hotels Corp.

-- Business Value of BI. ADP Dealer Services, 1-800 Contacts Inc., Verizon Data Services, TDIndustries

-- Microsoft BI Pioneer. Brenda Jansen, Energizer; Laura Gibbons, Expedia Inc.; Ron Van Zanten, PREMIER Bankcard

The winners will be announced Thursday evening. More information about Microsoft's BI Conference can be found at http://www.microsoftbiconference.com.

More information about Microsoft's complete and integrated BI solution can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/BI/default.mspx.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft and Microsoft Dynamics are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Partner Support for Microsoft BI

    "Effective enterprise performance management is critical to building a
high-performance business, enabling companies to manage shareholder value
by organizing, integrating and analyzing financial, operational,
competitive and marketplace information. Having Microsoft Office
PerformancePoint Server 2007 in our suite of solutions allows us to ensure
that clients have access to the latest and most innovative EPM software and
tools."
                                           -- Troy Barton
                                              Senior Executive
                                              Finance & Performance Management
                                              Accenture
    "Capgemini is investing deeply with Microsoft because we share a
commitment to enabling truly pervasive BI and performance management across
the enterprise for customers around the globe. Capgemini and Microsoft are
delivering innovative BI and performance management solutions that enable
enterprises to drive business performance and achieve competitive
advantage."
                                           -- Eddie Short
                                              Vice President
                                              Business Information Management
                                              Capgemini
    "TCS shares a global relationship with Microsoft, delivering tremendous
value to our customers by bringing together complimentary strengths. As
part of this alliance, TCS strongly supports Microsoft's end-to-end BI
offering as we share a common vision of enabling customers with
enterprisewide performance management capabilities. The combination of TCS'
market-leading BIPM services and Microsoft's complete and integrated BI and
performance management solution will continue to deliver greater value for
enterprise customers around the world."
                                           -- Akther Ahmed
                                              Vice President
                                              Global Alliances
                                              Tata Consultancy Services
    "HP is committed to delivering superior business intelligence and data
warehousing solutions by integrating HP hardware, software, storage and
services with the BI platform available from Microsoft. As one of the five
solutions offered under the $300 million HP & Microsoft Solutions for the
People-Ready Business announced by both companies in December 2006, HP is
helping customers increase productivity, speed decision-making and turn
their information into a strategic asset to optimize business outcomes."
                                           -- Ben Barnes
                                              Vice President and General
                                               Manager, Business 
                                               Intelligence
                                               Group
                                              HP Software



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