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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKEX: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, its most profitable products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.

The company was founded in 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. Many of its products have achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. One commentator notes that Microsoft's original mission was "a computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software." Microsoft possesses footholds in other markets, with assets such as the MSNBC cable television network, the MSN Internet portal, and the Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia. The company also markets both computer hardware products such as the Microsoft mouse and the Microsoft Natural keyboard, as well as home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360, Zune and MSN TV. The company's initial public stock offering (IPO) was in 1986; the ensuing rise of the company's stock price has made four billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Read More

Headlines Around the Web

Microsoft woos Indian companies to take on Android

Dec 20, 2013 - The Times of India

Mollenkopf to take Qualcomm chief post

Dec 13, 2013 - Financial Times

Articles About Microsoft

A Spanish Games blogger is silhouetted against the logo of Microsoft's Xbox during the Xbox Play Day 2014, before the Gamescom 2014 fair in Cologne August 12, 2014.
Microsoft’s 'Xbox Store Sale:’ Discount On Game Titles For Xbox One/360 Owners, Plus ‘Halo 5’ Early Access To Preview Members

By IBTimes AU

Here is a list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games with impressive discounts. (Dec 19)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, STORM, DIAMONDS

A Worker Adjusts A Logo On The Microsoft Stand
Microsoft Windows 10 Release Date Update: 1.5M Preview Users Helped Fix 1,300 Bugs - Blue Screen, User Mode Crash Problems Fixed

By IBTimes AU

Excellent response to Microsoft’s Windows Insider program has helped fix many bugs, prior to the final version release of Windows 10. (Dec 19)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, GOLD, DIAMONDS

Nokia Phone
Nokia Lumia 635: Sprint, Boost Mobile And Virgin Mobile Set To Sell Windows Phone Handset

By IBTimes AU

The Nokia Lumia 635 will be available on Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile soon. Sprint announced on Tuesday, Dec. 16, that they will begin selling the Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone handset as well as both of their prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: SMARTPHONE

The Microsoft Logo Is Seen At Their Offices In Bucharest
Microsoft Windows Phone Flagship Will Be Under Wraps Until September 2015

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft might not be releasing its flagship device in the first half of 2015. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IPAD, EMERGING MARKETS, SMARTPHONE, SONY

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Sway: Microsoft Reveals Its Own Powerpoint Killer

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft has come up with creative software to counter Powerpoint killer Prezi. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, TWITTER, SOCIAL NETWORKS, FACEBOOK, AUSTRALIA, IPAD

A woman poses for a photo illustration with an iPhone as she plays Candy Crush in New York
Candy Crush Saga Windows Phone Edition Released, Download And Tips

By IBTimes AU

WIndows Phone version of Candy Crush Saga has arrived. Read on to know more about it. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: FACEBOOK, SMARTPHONE, ANDROID

Sony Playstation Video Game
‘Mass Effect 4’ Continues To Grow As New Teaser On Build And Size Appears

By IBTimes AU

The next “Mass Effect” game gets another teaser from one of the dev team members about the size of the title. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER

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Leaked Lumia 435: The Newest Entry-Level Smartphone From Microsoft

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft seems to working on a new entry-level smartphone under the Lumia brand. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, FCC, EMERGING MARKETS, SMARTPHONE