Microsoft Logo – Microsoft Corporation ( NASDAQ : MSFT ) is a multi -origin, founded on April 4, 1975 by Bill Gates , Steve Ballmer and Paul Allen . Dedicated to the field of computer science , is headquartered in Redmond , Washington , United States . Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses and produces software and electronics, with its products used the operating system Microsoft Windows and the suite Microsoft Office , which have an important position among personal computers. With a market share approaching 90% for Office 2003 and Windows in 2006, following the strategy of Bill Gates to “have a workstation that runs our software on every desktop and in every home” .
The company is also often named as MS, by his initials on the NASDAQ ( NASDAQ : MSFT ) or simply as Redmond , due to the great influence it has on the location of their headquarters. It has 93,000 employees in 102 different countries and had revenue of 51,120 million U.S. dollars in 2007.
Founded to develop and sell interpreters of BASIC for the Altair 8800 , the mid-80 managed to dominate the market for personal computer operating system MS-DOS . The company began a public offering in the stock market in 1986, which, due to rising stock prices, led to 4 employees to becoming billionaires and 12,000 millionaires.During its history, has been criticized, as accusations of internships monopoly which led to the European Commission and the Department of Justice of the United States .
Microsoft strengthened its position in other markets such as operating systems and office suites, with resources such as cable television network MSNBC , the premier Internet MSN and multimedia encyclopaedia Microsoft Encarta , product and service canceled by the company in early 2009 due to competition from the free Wikipedia. The company also sells hardware like mouse Microsoft and home entertainment products such as Xbox , Xbox 360 , Zune and MSN TV 22 Microsoft has given support to its users through Usenet newsgroups and online, also awards the status of Microsoft MVP ( Most Valuable Professional ) volunteers who prove to be useful in assisting customers. His official website is one of the most visited pages of the network, receiving a day more than 2.4 million unique visitors according to Alexa , which brought the 11 May of 2008 to Microsoft.com as the 14th website with more views of the world.