Microsoft is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are Xbox game console and the Microsoft Surface series of tablets.
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft is the world's largest software company in terms of revenue. It is also considered one of the world's most valuable companies and one of the most successful startup companies of all time by market capitalization, revenue, growth and cultural impact.
Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 microcomputer. The original name, ""Micro-Soft,"" was from a combination of ""microcomputer"" and ""software.""
In 1980, the company formed a partnership with IBM, allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS, followed by Microsoft Windows.
Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and ventured into hardware such as the Zune, a digital media player for music, videos, podcasts, and pictures; Xbox, a video game console; and Surface, a series of tablets. It has also made a presence on the web with the MSN internet portal and Bing search engine.
Microsoft has also made a number of corporate acquisitions, including Forethought, [HotMail](company/hotmail-2), and Visio Corporation. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date.
Current Team (210)Update
CEO & Board of Directors
Feb 4, 2014
Founder and Technology Advisor
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Chief Operating Officer
Corporate Vice President, Consumer Channels Group
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, Advertising and Strategy
Vice President, Live Platform Services
Past Team (1301)Update
Various Roles in the Finance Departments
GM, Human Resources
2003 - Jan, 2006
Senior Program Manager - Outlook.com
2009 - Jan, 2012
Nov, 2007 - Apr, 2008
Microsoft Vendors-office localization team
Dec 30, 2007 - Sep 30, 2009
May, 1996 - Jan, 2000
Program Manager, Database Group
Board Members and Advisors (12)Update
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