History of Microsoft

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History of Microsoft Microsoft Corporation, leading American computer software company. Microsoft develops and sells a wide variety of computer software products in more than fifty countries. Microsoft's Windows operating systems for personal computers are the most widely use operating systems in the world. Microsoft had revenues of $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ending June 1998, and employs more than 27,000 people in 60 countries. Microsoft has it's headquaters in Redmond Washington. Microsoft's other well known products include, Word, a word processor; Excel, a spreadsheet program; Access, a database program; and PowerPoint, a program used for making business presentations. These products are sold separately from Windows as a part of Microsoft Office. Microsoft also makes Back Office, an integrated set of server products for businesses. Microsoft's Internet Explorer allows users to browse the World Wide Web. Among Microsoft's other products are reference applications; games; finical software; programming languages for software developers (eg; Visual Basic) ; input devices, such as pointing devices and keyboards; and computer related books. Microsoft operates The Microsoft Network (MSN), a collection of news, travel, financial, entertainment, and information Web sites. Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) jointly operate MSNBC, a twenty four hour news, talk, and information cable television channel and companion Web site. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by William H. Gates III and Paul Allen. The pair ... ... middle of paper ... ...ver $20 billion for the year to come, the possibilities for the growth and success of Microsoft are virtually inconceivable. We can only sit back and wonder what new tricks or ideas Bill Gates and Microsoft have stashed up their sleeve. The forecast for the future of Microsoft appears to be bright and sunny with clear sky's providing a smooth ride into the next millennium. Bibliography: Bibliography Works Cited Source #1 Jones-Yang,Dori. " The Empire Strikes Out " U.S. News & World Report 15 November 1999: 46-54. Source #2 " Bill Gates Web Site- Microsoft Timeline " Nov. 1999: Microsoft.com. On-line. 10 Nov.1999. [http://www.Microsoft.com/billgates/bio] Source #3 Microsoft 1999 Annual Report [www.Microsoft.com/msft/ar99/hs.htm] Word Count: 1525

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