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Microsoft Corporation
Public
Traded as
ISINUS5949181045
Industry
FoundedApril 4, 1975; 43 years ago (1975-04-04) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Founders
HeadquartersOne Microsoft Way, ,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
Services
RevenueIncrease US$110.36 billion[1] (2018)
Increase US$35.05 billion[1] (2018)
Increase US$16.57 billion[1] (2018)
Total assetsIncrease US$258.84 billion[1] (2018)
Total equityIncrease US$82.71 billion[1] (2018)
Number of employees
Increase 134,944[2] (2018)
SubsidiariesList of Microsoft assets
Websitemicrosoft.com

Microsoft Corporation (MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers. As of 2016, it is the world's largest software maker by revenue,[3] and one of the world's most valuable companies.[4] The word "Microsoft" is a portmanteau of "microcomputer" and "software".[5] Microsoft is ranked No. 30 in the 2018 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.[6]

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering (IPO), and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions, their largest being the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in December 2016,[7] followed by their acquisition of Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in May 2011.[8]

As of 2015, Microsoft is market-dominant in the IBM PC-compatible operating system market and the office software suite market, although it has lost the majority of the overall operating system market to Android.[9] The company also produces a wide range of other consumer and enterprise software for desktops and servers, including Internet search (with Bing), the digital services market (through MSN), mixed reality (HoloLens), cloud computing (Azure) and software development (Visual Studio).

Steve Ballmer replaced Gates as CEO in 2000, and later envisioned a "devices and services" strategy.[10] This began with the acquisition of Danger Inc. in 2008,[11] entering the personal computer production market for the first time in June 2012 with the launch of the Microsoft Surface line of tablet computers; and later forming Microsoft Mobile through the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division. Since Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014, the company has scaled back on hardware and has instead focused on cloud computing, a move that helped the company's shares reach its highest value since December 1999.[12][13]

In 2018, Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world after being dethroned by the tech giant in 2010.[14]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Earnings Release FY18 Q4". Microsoft. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Facts about Microsoft". Microsoft. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Market Cap Rankings". Ycharts. Zacks Investment Research. April 8, 2012. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Microsoft Corporation". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  6. ^ "Fortune 500 Companies 2018: Who Made the List". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  7. ^ "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Linkedin". US SEC. December 8, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2018. As a result of the Merger, a change in control of [Linkedin] occurred and [Linkedin] became a wholly-owned subsidiary of [Microsoft]. The transaction resulted in the payment of approximately $26.4 billion in cash merger consideration.
  8. ^ "Microsoft confirms takeover of Skype". BBC. May 10, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Keizer, Gregg (July 14, 2014). "Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14%". Computerworld. IDG. [Microsoft's chief operating officer] Turner's 14% came from a new forecast released last week by Gartner, which estimated Windows' share of the shipped device market last year was 14%, and would decrease slightly to 13.7% in 2014. [..] Android will dominate, Gartner said, with a 48% share this year
  10. ^ Blodget, Henry (August 23, 2013). "And Microsoft Is Giving Up On The Software Business!". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Notify The Next Of Kin". InformationWeek. June 30, 2010.
  12. ^ "Microsoft sees shares hit record high". BBC. October 21, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Microsoft's cloud focus could mean yet more layoffs". Engadget. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "How did Microsoft just overtake Apple as the world's most valuable company?". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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