Microsoft The Largest Software Company

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Microsoft the largest software company in the world was created in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates (A history of Windows, era 0). As the number one software developer in the industry they produce revenue “by developing, licensing, and supporting a wide range of software products, by offering an array of services, including cloud-based services to consumers and businesses, by designing, manufacturing, and selling devices that integrate with our cloud-based services, and by delivering relevant online advertising to a global audience” (Annual Report 2015). In addition to individual products and services being sold, they offer bundles of services and goods. Their products include phones, servers, other intelligent devices, and operating systems for computing devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. They also design and sell hardware including tablets, PCs, gaming consoles, phones, and many other additional devices and accessories. In June 2015 the organizational structure of the company changed in part to their “transformation in the mobile-first, cloud-first world” (Annual Report 2015).


Founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates, Microsoft was formed at a time when very little was known about micro-computers and the effect they would have on coming generations.

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