Microsoft is organizing Microsoft TechEd Europe
Redmond, WA
Microsoft, a software corporation, develops licensed and support products and services ranging from personal use to enterprise application.
Paul Allen, Bill Gates
Video Games, Software

Company Details

April 4, 1974
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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.

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Offices/Locations (2)

  • Boise Development Center

    500 S 10th St.

    Boise, ID 83702


  • World Headquarters

    1 Microsoft Way

    Redmond, WA


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Upcoming Event Appearances (6)

Microsoft TechEd Europe

Oct 28, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014

7:00am - 4:00pm

Fire Barcelona Gran Via, Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, Barcelona, Catalonia, ESP

TechEd Europe is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers.

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