shareholders voted down two proposals that would have brought politics and human rights into the fold.
The first of the shareholder proposals would have required Microsoft to detail all political campaign and lobbying donations. Microsoft recommended voting against the proposal, saying the company complied with all regulations concerning donations.
The second proposal asked the software maker to use its corporate clout to stop human rights abuses in China. Microsoft maintained that it abides by Chinese law and has its own policy banning harassment and discrimination among workers.
Both of the proposals were defeated with more than 94% of votes opposing them. The two proposals brought by shareholders were the first in Microsoft's history as public company.