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Microsoft: Software & Hardware Innovator

September 17, 2015

Microsoft Corp.is a dominant force in the IT world and touches the lives of a vast number of people in the planet. It was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and is based in Richmond, Washington.

The firm develops and markets software, services and hardware that delivers new opportunities, greater convenience and enhances value to people’s lives. The company’s products include operating systems for personal computers, servers, phones and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games and online advertising.

Microsoft also designs and sells hardware, including Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 accessories and Microsoft PC hardware products. The company operates its business through five segments: Windows & Windows Live, Server & Tools, Online Services, Microsoft Business, and Entertainment & Devices. It has around 128,000 employees and sales above $90 billion.

The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores.

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