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Dato/tid 24.04.2008 08:34
Utsteder Fast Search & Transfer ASA
UtstederID FAST
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Tittel Microsoft`s Voluntary Offer for Fast Search & Transfer ASA completed.
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REDMOND, Wash. and OSLO, Norway - April 24, 2008 - 
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: `MSFT`) is pleased to 
announce that its voluntary cash tender offer 
(the `Offer`) for all outstanding shares of Fast 
Search & Transfer ASA (OSE: `FAST`) has been 
completed. 289,305,603 shares of FAST tendered to 
the Offer have been acquired by MACS Holdings 
Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft 
Corp. incorporated under the laws of Bermuda.

In connection with the completion, Microsoft Corp. 
has today transferred 38,549,000 shares it held in 
FAST to MACS Holdings Limited. Following such 
transfer and the completion of the Offer, MACS 
Holdings Limited owns 327,854,603 shares and votes 
in FAST, representing 97.37% of all the shares 
outstanding in FAST.

MACS Holdings Limited intends to initiate a 
compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares in 
FAST in accordance with section 4-25 of the 
Norwegian Public Limited Companies Act. Such 
compulsory acquisition of shares is expected to 
take effect on or about April 28, 2008. In 
addition, MACS Holdings Limited intends to apply 
for a delisting of the FAST share from the Oslo 
Stock Exchange after the completion of the 
compulsory acquisition. 

Further information on the settlement of the Offer 
can be obtained from: 

SEB Enskilda AS
Tel: +47 21 00 85 00
Fax: +47 21 00 89 00 

Goldman Sachs International
Tel: +44 20 7774 9873
Fax: +44 20 7774 4477 

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The offer is not being made and will not be made, 
directly or indirectly, in or into the United 
States, Canada, Australia or Japan. Any and all 
materials related to the offer should not be sent 
or otherwise distributed in or into the United 
States, Canada, Australia or Japan, whether by use 
of the United States mail or by any means or 
instrumentality of United States, Canadian, 
Australian or Japanese commerce (including, but 
without limitation, the mail, facsimile 
transmission, telex, telephone and the Internet) or 
any facility of a United States, Canadian, 
Australian or Japanese national securities 
exchange, and the offer cannot be accepted by any 
such use, means or instrumentality, in or from 
within the United States, Canada, Australia or 
Japan. Accordingly, no materials related to the 
offer will be, and must not be, sent or otherwise 
distributed in or into or from the United States, 
Canada, Australia or Japan or, in their capacities 
as such, to custodians, trustees or nominees 
holding shares of FAST for United States, Canadian, 
Australian or Japanese persons, and persons 
receiving any such documents (including custodians, 
nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send 
them in, into or from the United States, Canada, 
Australia or Japan. Any purported acceptance of the 
offer resulting directly or indirectly from a 
violation of these restrictions will be invalid. No 
shares of FAST are being solicited from a resident 
of the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan 
and, if sent in response by a resident of the 
United States, Canada, Australia or Japan, will not 
be accepted.

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