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Deloitte & Touche Conducts Audit of Microsoft Activation Process

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Third-Party Independent Audit Is Completed on Anti-Piracy Technology

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 9, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the worlds premier accounting and auditing firms, has completed an independent audit on the product-activation process contained within Microsoft® Windows® XP, Office XP and Visio® 2002 products. Microsoft Product Activation is an anti-piracy technology designed to verify that software products have been legitimately licensed. Product Activation works by verifying that a software programs product key has not been used on more personal computers than intended under the softwares license and collects and transfers only the information required to activate the software.

Deloitte & Touche conducted an examination, in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants attestation standards, of Microsoft assertions regarding the product activation process. Those assertions and the examination report of Deloitte & Touche can be viewed at .

Richard Purcell, director of corporate privacy for Microsoft, confirmed that procedures to guide information collection and use for all new technologies and products are in place. "Our overarching goal is to ensure that consumers have complete control over their information," Purcell said. "Microsofts adherence to the fair information principles dictates that processes such as product activation collect only whats necessary for the task at hand."

User privacy was a paramount design goal in the building of Product Activation technology. The product activation process is designed to ensure the privacy of those users who do not wish to release their personal information. For telephone activation, only the installation ID is required for activation. For Internet activation, only the installation ID and other information necessary to make an Internet connection are required. For Office and Visio drawing and diagramming software products, the name of the country in which the product is being activated is also required.

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