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Microsoft

Microsoft is an American multinational technology company that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

Overview

Microsoft Corporation (MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft has store locations and corporate campuses worldwide. Some of Microsoft's most recognized products include XBox, Office Suite, Internet Explorer, and the Windows operating systems. As of June 2021, Microsoft employs around 181,000 people worldwide.

Microsoft has made many acquisitions over the years, including the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in December 2016 and the acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion in May 2011. Microsoft acquired the company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in January 2022. Other acquisitions by the company include GitHub in 2018 and Nokia Devices and Services in 2014.

The company aims to be environmentally conscious and in 2020 announced plans to become carbon negative as well as making the goal to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030.

Organization

Microsoft is organized into engineering groups and business functions.

Engineering groups include the following:

  • Cloud + AI Group.
  • Experiences + Devices.
  • Technology + Research.

Microsoft's business functions include the following:

  • Business Development.
  • Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs.
  • Finance.
  • Human Resources.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Marketing.
  • Microsoft Customer and Partner Solutions.
History

Microsoft was founded on April 4, 1975, by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Originally it was a small computer software company, working with the company Altair. In 1980, Microsoft partnered with IBM and began creating operating systems for the company. Stocks for Microsoft first went public in 1986. Though Microsoft had been based in Bellevue since 1979, it was in 1989 that they opened their Redmond headquarters. In 1990, the company introduced Windows operating systems, Windows 3.0, following the release of the Microsoft Office suite in 1989.

In 2000, Steve Ballmer took over as CEO of the company. At this time, Microsoft began creating mobile devices and gaming consoles releasing the first Xbox in 2001. Windows Vista and the 2007 Windows Office system were offered to consumers beginning in 2007. The company launched Windows server in 2003. Microsoft began incorporating cloud technology into their software products in 2008, and they launched the Bing search engine that same year. The company produced the first Windows phone in 2010. Satya Nadella became the new chief executive officer for Microsoft in 2014, and that same year the company launched Windows for iPad and acquired Nokia Devices and Services. They first launched their line of Surface tablet computers in 2015.

Timeline

October 19, 2021
Microsoft's Xbox Series X Mini Fridge pre-orders launch, with an expectant shipping date of December 2021.
September 23, 2021
Microsoft launches its second folding smartphone, the Surface Duo 2.
July 14, 2021
Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC product.
July 13, 2021
Microsoft and NEC Corporation announces an expansion of their decades-long collaboration.
June 24, 2021
Microsoft launches Windows 11.
June 1, 2021
Microsoft launches the first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council.
May 19, 2021
Microsoft announces that it is pulling support for its Internet Explorer browser on June 15, 2022.
March 17, 2021
Microsoft brings Xbox Auto HDR feature to Windows.
March 11, 2021
Microsoft releases 20 Bethesda games to Game Pass.
March 3, 2021
Microsoft launches 'Group Transcribe,' a transcription and translation app for in-person meetings.

Products

Acquisitions

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Microsoft and the Open Data Institute announce an Education Open Data Challenge to help close the digital divide

Web

November 13, 2020

Microsoft launches Power Fx, a new open source low-code language

Frederic Lardinois

Web

March 2, 2021

Microsoft partners with Nextlink to bring broadband access to over 9 million Americans

Cohen Coberly

Web

September 18, 2019

Raydiant Announces Collaboration with Microsoft to Deliver New Virtual Tool That Builds Stronger Remote Teams

Raydiant

Web

January 11, 2021

TECHNOLOGY; Fears of Misuse of Encryption System Are Voiced (Published 2002)

John Markoff

Web

June 20, 2002

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
By MATT O'BRIEN and FRANK BAJAK
December 8, 2021
AP NEWS
Robotic vacuum cleaners halted in their tracks. Doorbell cameras stopped watching for package thieves, though some of those deliveries were canceled anyway. Netflix and Disney movies got interrupted and The Associated Press had trouble publishing the news.
By BARBARA ORTUTAY
November 29, 2021
AP NEWS
Newly named Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has emerged from behind the scenes to take over one of Silicon Valley's highest-profile and politically volatile jobs.But his prior lack of name recognition coupled with a solid technical background appears to be what some big company backers were looking for to lead Twitter out of its current morass.
November 10, 2021
AP NEWS
OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) -- What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece's Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, providing an immersive tour at one of the world's major archaeological sites that launched Wednesday.
October 26, 2021
AP NEWS
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Growth in Microsoft's cloud computing business helped push its profit up 24% in the July-September quarter over the same time last year.The Redmond, Washington-based tech company on Tuesday reported quarterly profit of $17.2 billion, or $2.27 per share, beating Wall Street expectations of $2.08 per share.
The Associated Press
October 25, 2021
AP NEWS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft says the same Russia-backed hackers responsible for the 2020 SolarWinds breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and have been relentlessly targeting cloud service companies and others since summer.
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