Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and 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 Micros0ft Surface tablet lineup.
As of 2016, it is the world’s largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world’s most valuable companies.
Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates 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 Micr0soft 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.
In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion,and in December 2016 bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.-Justplay
As of 2015, Micros0ft 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. The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including Internet search (with Bing),
the video game industry (with the Xbox series of consoles, and games such as Minecraft)
the digital services market (through MSN), and mobile phones (primarily through the Windows Phone OS).
In June 2012, Microsoft entered the personal computer production market for the first time, with the launch of the Micr0soft Surface, a line of tablet computers.
Forming Micros0ft Mobile through the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division,
the company re-entered the smartphone hardware market. Its previous attempt, Micros0ft ”Kin”, which resulted from their acquisition of Danger Inc., had failed commercially.
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