Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational🌍 technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington in the USA.
Its Products and Services
Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers🖥, and related services.
Its best-known✌ software products are the Microsoft Windows operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers.
Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles🎮 and the Microsoft Surface touchscreen PCs.
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 childhood friends👥 Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975.
They refined BASIC (a popular mainframe computer programming language🔢) and developed other programming languages.
Rise to the Top
Microsoft went on to 💪dominate the PC operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s.
By 1993🗓, nearly 90% of the world’s PCs ran on a Microsoft operating system.
In 1995 the company released Windows 95, which for the 1st time fully integrated🔁 MS-DOS with Windows.
Gates moves aside
In 2000, company Bill Gates relinquished🙅♂ his role as CEO of Microsoft to Steve Ballmer but he failed to live up to the expectations.
New ‘heights’ under the new CEO
Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014, and scaled back on hardware and has instead focused on Cloud Computing☁, a move that helped the company’s shares reach their highest value, since Dec. 1999.
Microsoft has made a number of corporate acquisitions, such as Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in 2011, Nokia📱 for $7 Billion in 2014 and LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016.