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XBRL Pilot Program

Nasdaq, Microsoft and PricewaterhouseCoopers Launch Pilot Program to Make Financial Documents Easier to Analyze, Distribute and Share

New Financial Reporting Language Leverages Power of Web

New York, NY, USA. August 6, 2002.

Setting a new standard for the way corporate America reports financial information and data, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., Microsoft Corp. and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have teamed up to demonstrate the power of XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language), a new platform developed for corporate reporting over the Internet.

The three organizations have joined forces on a pilot program to showcase XBRL's ability to provide companies with an easier means to communicate financial information and deliver it to investors with enhanced capability to analyze data. The pilot program, designed by PwC and stored on Nasdaq hardware, provides access to XBRL data through Microsoft Office. It is available to the public at

Nasdaq, a key driver of capital formation, is the first stock market to recognize the value of XBRL. "Nasdaq is committed to increasing transparency for investors, which ultimately will help restore investor trust in the quality and integrity of the information that fuels the markets," said Alfred Berkeley, vice chairman of Nasdaq. "The widespread adoption of XBRL technology will mean corporations and investors alike will reap the benefits of a simpler process for issuing financial reports and making investment decisions."

Based on Extensible Markup Language or XML, the universal format for data on the Web, XBRL streamlines the way companies report and publish their financial data, and how analysts and investors can review that information. For example, before XBRL, investors would need to pore through numerous reports and precisely program their computers to recognize any given value from a financial statement. With XBRL, data is tagged to instruct the system how to handle the data in question and enables the user to locate the necessary information without leafing through multiplenumerous financial reports.

XBRL was founded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to benefit the entire business reporting supply chain, including CPAs, by improving access to financial information and decreasing costs associated with the distribution of financial information.

The pilot program will provide investors with remote access to financial data from the financial reports of 21 Nasdaq-listed companies starting with a company's most recent financials and going back five years. The data, which will be formatted in XBRL and will be publicly available via a Nasdaq-hosted Web Service, will showcase XBRL's ability to allow for easy comparisons of the financials of companies within a particular industry, like semiconductors. This data is accessible through the familiar interface of Microsoft. Excel via a custom solution built by Dell Professional Services. It does not require investors/analysts to manually retrieve the data from individual financial documents.

"The challenge in the financial industry is enabling information workers to analyze industry data in a timely fashion and gain competitive advantage for their organizations," said Jeff Raikes, group vice president, Productivity and Business Services, Microsoft. "Our teamwork with Nasdaq and PwC will enable easy access and analysis of this XBRL information using Microsoft Excel."

According to Mike Willis, Founding Chairman of XBRL International, a non-profit industry consortium, and a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, "By reducing the time and cost of obtaining and using information, XBRL will greatly enhance the ability of companies and investors to produce and analyze information. This pilot demonstrates the advantages of using technology to transform the corporate reporting supply chain for the benefit of all participants. XBRL will lead to improved investor access and dramatically increase the speed at which investors can obtain information for their own analysis."

Financial information from the following Nasdaq-listed companies has been included in this pilot: Intel Corporation; Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.; Xilinx, Inc.; Linear Technology Corp.; Broadcom Corp.; NVIDIA Corp.; Altera Corp.; Microchip Technology, Inc.; Marvel Technology Group, Ltd.; QLogic Corp.; Atmel Corp.; Intersil Corp.; Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Conexant Systems, Inc.; RF Micro Devices, Inc.; Applied Micro Circuits, Corp.; Semtech Corp.; Lattice Semiconductor Corp.; Micrel, Inc.; Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.; and Microsoft Corporation. Nasdaq will be actively recruiting Nasdaq-listed companies to participate in the pilot program in the future.


Nasdaq is the world's largest stock market. With nearly 4,000 companies, Nasdaq lists more companies and trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. Over the past five years, Nasdaq has outpaced all other U.S. markets in listing IPOs. It is home to category-defining companies that are leaders across all areas of business including technology, retail, communications, financial services, media and biotechnology industries. With operations on three continents, Nasdaq is a key driver of global capital formation. For more information about Nasdaq, visit the Nasdaq Web site at or the Nasdaq NewsroomSM at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( is the world's largest professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, the organization helps clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an Internet-enabled world. PricewaterhouseCoopers ( is the world's largest professional services organization. PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization.


Mike DeMeo
Tel: +1 212-768-2562

Melanie Moir
Waggener Edstrom for Microsoft
Tel: +1 503-443-7000 Email:

Mike Ascolese
Tel: +1 201-521-4322

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)."

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