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Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential

Founded: Apr 1975

Redmond, United States

NASDAQ:MSFT

Software  Windows Phone  Hardware  SaaS  Consumer Electronics  Cloud Computing  IaaS  Operating Systems  Databases  Business Intelligence  Big Data  virtualization  Application Platforms  Cloud Storage 

Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and has become a worldwide leader in corporate and personal computer software, widely recognized for its Windows line of operating systems and Office suite of productivity applications. 

In the past few years, the company has increased its focus on areas outside of desktop software, establishing a greater presence in the online arena with its Bing search service and delving deeper into mobile with Windows Phone. Microsoft is also known for its hardware consumer products, most famously for its Xbox gaming consoles, as well as the more recent Surface line of tablet/laptop hybrid computers.