internationally acclaimed and the world's largest software company started in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen with headquarters in the state of Washington (USA), manufacturer of computer technology for personal and business computing offering a vast range of software (incl. popular DOS "Windows", Desktop Publisher "Microsoft Office", etc.)
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Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. It is the world's largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies.
The new Evil Empire (the old one was IBM). The basic complaints are, as formerly with IBM, that (a) their system designs are horrible botches, (b) we can't get source to fix them, and (c) they throw their weight around a lot. See also Halloween Documents.
Designs, develops, manufactures, licenses, sells and supports a wide range of software products, including operating systems for personal computers and servers, server applications for client/server environments, business and consumer productivity applications, interactive media programs, internet platform and development
Founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation is the largest and most influential company in the personal computer industry. In addition to developing the de facto standard operating systems - DOS and Windows - Microsoft has a strong presence in almost every area of computer software, from programming tools to end-user applications. In recent years, Microsoft has broadened its product categories to include different types of media, such as CD-ROMs and it's TV news network (together with NBC) called MSNBC. In the mid-90s, Microsoft was caught somewhat by surprise by the sudden explosion of the Internet, but it quickly re-created itself to make the Internet the core element of its product line. Most observers were amazed by how quickly such a large company could adapt.
Many people have criticized Microsoft for monopolistic policies and it has been investigated several times by the U.S. Justice Department. Currently, it is in a fierce battle with Netscape Communications and other companies for control of the corporate desktop. Microsoft wants Windows to retain its role as the standard operating system for PCs, whereas Netscape and some of its allies, such as Sun Microsystems, would like to see Windows give way to a new model of computing in which PCs run small Java applets locally, with the bulk of the operating system functionality performed by Internet servers.