Microsoft is a multinational computer technology corporation. The history of Microsoft began on April 4, 1975, when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque. Its current best-selling products are the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, Xbox a line of entertainment of games, music and video and Bing, a line of search engines. In 1980, Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM that allowed them to bundle Microsoft operating system with IBM computers, paying Microsoft a royalty for every sale. In 1985, IBM requested that Microsoft write a new operating system for their computers called OS/2; Microsoft wrote the operating system, but also continued to sell their own alternative, which proved to be in direct competition with OS/2. Microsoft Windows eventually overshadowed OS/2 in terms of sales. When Microsoft launched several versions of Microsoft Windows in the 1990s, they had captured over 90% market share of the worldwide personal computers. As of June 30, 2014, Microsoft has a global annual revenue of $86.83 Bill. USD and hundreds of thousands employees worldwide. It develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices.
Type of company is Public. Traded as nasdaq 100 component, s&p 500 component under NASDAQ: MSFT ticker. Industry involvement so far include: computer hardware, computer software, consumer electronics, digital distribution. Beside core related of operating systems Windows and Office package this giant from Redmond has huge portfolio of products and services, from cloud to mobile. Microsoft is also known for its various merging and aquisitioning over years, also some failures and lots of security flawed software bundles.
Next time we write about how CEOs of Microsoft shaped direction and way of development of this monopoly giant. Microsoft corp. financial parameters are still high but also we can witness some major mistakes and errors lately, so only future will tell will this stock market curve bellow this article stay as upright as it is or will be panic selling in upcoming years. New money in tech world in hands of likes of Google, Facebook and some old rivals like Apple. Definetley some turbulent times ahead.Microsoft on Wikipedia.