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Profile of registrant

Microsoft Corporation

Identification number in the register: 0801162959-21
Registration date: 13/01/09 20:11:02

The information on this organisation was last modified on 19/12/13 15:00:57
The date of the last annual update was 19/12/13 12:16:02

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Microsoft Corporation
Legal status: Publicly Traded Corporation, incorporated in the State of Washington, United States of America
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Steve Ballmer
Position: CEO

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Stephen  Collins
Position: Vice President Corporate Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: One Microsoft Way 
Redmond WA 98052
Telephone number: (+1) 425 8828080
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Microsoft
Corporate Affairs Europe, Stephen Collins, Vice President Corporate Affairs,
Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 704 39 10

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. Since the company was founded in 1975, we have worked to achieve this mission by creating technology that transforms the way people work, play, and communicate. We develop and market software, services, hardware, and solutions that we believe deliver new opportunities, greater convenience, and enhanced value to people’s lives. We do business throughout the world and have offices in more than 100 countries.

Microsoft products include operating systems for personal computers, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. We also design and sell hardware, including the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console.

This past year, cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services and content over the Internet continued to grow in significance for our business. Some examples of Microsoft’s cloud services are: Bing, our Internet search engine that finds and organizes the answers that people need so that they can make faster, more informed decisions; Xbox LIVE, a service that enables online gaming, social networking, and access to a wide range of video, gaming, and entertainment content; and the Azure family of platform and database services that helps developers connect applications and services in the cloud or onsite.

In FY2011 Microsoft released a number of new products and services that further diversified our business. These included: Windows Phone 7, our next-generation mobile phone operating system; Kinect for Xbox 360, a revolutionary device that enables people to control their Xbox 360 game console by using gestures without requiring a mouse or controller; Microsoft Lync 2010, our newest communication service that integrates voice, video and messaging, and Microsoft Office 365,the first cloud-based application for Microsoft Office, enabling users to work, connect and collaborate flexibly from almost anywhere.

These and other products are the result of considerable investment in research and development, which is conducted by Microsoft Research and dedicated product teams. In FY2011 we invested more than $9 billion in research and development, equal to 13 percent of revenue, with a majority of this investment focused on product development.
More information about Microsoft investment in research and development is available on pages 9 and 30 of our FY2011 10-K filing.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 16
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Sebastian Alexander GERLACH 12/12/13 10/12/14
Maciej Surowiec 28/03/14 26/03/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The following is a list of the main lobbying activities performed by MS between 01.07.2012 and 31.06.2013. This list is subject to change as circumstances affecting the company evolve:

- Towards an EU Cloud Computing Strategy
- A new comprehensive legal framework for the protection of personal data in the EU
- Follow up to Green Paper: Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments
- Single Market Act II: Together for New Growth - Commission Communication
- Web accessibility action plan
- Digital Agenda for Europe – Next steps
- Shared use of spectrum
- Technology transfer block exemption regulation and accompanying guidelines
- Revised rules for the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements under EU competition law
- Antitrust damages actions and collective redress
- Revision of public procurement directive 2004/17/EC (procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors) and 2004/18/EC (public works, supply and service contracts)
- European Strategy for Internet Security
- Review of Europe’s Standardisation System

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Transport
  • Youth


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

The following is the list of associations/federations or other types of networks to which MS belonged in FY 2013:

Business Software Alliance (BSA)
Digital Europe
European Privacy Association (EPA)
European Digital Media Association (EDIMA)
European Internet Foundation (EIF)
European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA)
European Services Forum
TechAmerica Europe
Association of Competitive Technologies (ACT)
American chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU)
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC)
Business Europe
German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunication and New Media (BITKOM)
Trans-Atlantic Business Council
The European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS)
European e-skills Association
ICOMP, Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace
Interactive Advertising Bureau
ICC – BASCAP Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy
Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)
SME europe
Transatlantic Business Dialogue
Voices for Innovation
Voice on the NET Coalition Europe - VON
World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)
OCA (Open Computing Alliance)
CSR Europe
EIAA (European Interactive Advertising Association)
Euro cloud

MS also participates in a number of and provides support to the following Think Tanks in Brussels:
European Emergency Number Association
Friends of Europe
Stockholm Network
European Security Roundtable
Transatlantic Policy Network

Financial data

Financial year: 07/2012 - 06/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 4500000  € - 4750000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 17,800,000 €
Grants: 1,408,200 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Consistent with the Agreement on the establishment of the Register, we have taken a broad view and have sought to capture all activities carried out with the objective of directly or indirectly influencing the formulation of EU policy. Our estimate includes expenses (salaries, but also related operating costs such as office space, IT and telecommunications and travel costs) for personnel in and outside of Brussels to the extent they are involved in outreach to the EU institutions – even where this outreach is not focused on particular EU policies. Our estimate also includes costs relating to a broad universe of outreach and promotional activities (such as responding to Commission consultations, but also white papers, media activities, blogs etc), conferences, sponsorships and other events – again even where those activities were not directly focused on specific EU policies.
We have also reported all fees paid to consultancies and law firms for advocacy activities on our behalf, even where those entities have themselves reported those amounts. Finally, we have also included fees paid to trade associations whom we understand have not registered themselves.

We also note that our estimate encompasses activities undertaken by Microsoft and by Skype, which Microsoft acquired in October 2011 and which is now a new business division within Microsoft.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.