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  2. About Microsoft

    Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation with 76,000 employees in 102 countries and global annual revenue of US $44.28 billion. It develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices.

    Originally founded 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. The company released an initial public offering (IPO) in the stock market, which, due to the ensuing rise of the stock price, has made four billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Throughout its history the company has been the target of criticism for various reasons, including monopolistic business practices—both the U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission, among others, brought Microsoft to court for antitrust violations and software bundling.

    Microsoft has footholds in other markets besides operating systems and office suites, 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 home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360, Zune and MSN TV. Gates left Harvard University, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where MITS was located, and founded Microsoft there. The company's first international office was founded on November 1, 1978, in Japan, entitled "ASCII Microsoft" (now called "Microsoft Japan"). The company expanded into new markets with the release of the Microsoft Mouse in 1983, as well as a publishing division named Microsoft Press. On March 13, the company went public with an IPO, priced at US $28.00 by the end of the trading day. In 1987, Microsoft eventually released their first version of OS/2 to OEMs.
    In 1989, Microsoft introduced its most successful office product, Microsoft Office. This was a bundle of separate office productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. The new version of Microsoft's operating system boasted such new features as streamlined user interface graphics and improved protected mode capability for the Intel 386 processor; it sold over 100,000 copies in two weeks. Windows at the time generated more revenue for Microsoft than OS/2, and the company decided to move more resources from OS/2 to Windows. In the ensuing years, the popularity of OS/2 declined, and Windows quickly became the favored PC platform.

    During the transition from MS-DOS to Windows, the success of Microsoft's product Microsoft Office allowed the company to gain ground on application-software competitors, such as WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3."

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    2. Microsoft SharePoint is an important component of many enterprise solutions.
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    3. Just sitting here in my office at Microsoft, looking around, I'm surrounded by young CMU researchers we've hired because they're the best and the brightest in AI.
      Eric Horvitz in CMU at forefront in building thinking machines